Chiefs Things I Think: Pre-Camp

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Mike DeVito is the single most important upgrade to the rushing defense. Yes, I definitely know how good and how important Derrick Johnson is to the Chiefs defense.  Honestly, that’s why his name isn’t here.  For a Pro Bowler retuning from injury, he’s going to be above average even at 80% of his previous ability.  If healthy, DeVito can return to his run-stopping role and protect the weak spot of the defense next to DJ, the Mauga/Wilson conundrum.

Andy Reid will be under some pressure to find a role for De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas is a special player and Reid has things in mind to “get him involved.”  That sounds great, but I’ve heard it before.  Red said the same thing last preseason and it amounted to a handful of jet-sweeps and quick pivot routes.  When he first came to Kansas City, Reid spoke the same way of Dexter McCluster.  The fan base (and the writers who cover the team) wants success for Thomas, just like they did for McCluster before him.  Special teams is not enough.

Allen Bailey can be the key to the Nickel Defense.  I have written about Bailey recently and the more film I watch, the more I am convinced this is Bailey’s time to impact the game.  His transition to the 3-4 DE is complete. He has matured into an NFL player.  When he’s in the 4-man front as he was in college, Bailey can push and penetrate his way to harassing the quarterback.

Next: Can Marcus Peters win the #2 Cornerback job?