The first week of full-contact training camp has come and gone for the Chiefs, but what are the main takeaways so far?
On this episode of the Roughing the Kicker Chiefs podcast, Joshua Brisco recaps the first full-contact week of Kansas City Chiefs training camp, focusing on the most notable news and performances that have come from St. Joseph. All eyes are on Jaye Howard as he steps into first-team work in place of the injured Dontari Poe. Marcus Peters has seen work on the first-team defense, and his flashes may indicate a bright future for the rookie first-round pick. Injuries have severely limited Chris Conley, and the offensive line has already gone through several different iterations. All this and much more on this episode of RTK.
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It’s hard to judge training camp in the NFL. Should we be happy that a wide receiver runs a great route and pulls down a nice touchdown grab, or should we be concerned that the defensive back got beat? Should we be rooting for the player with salary cap space invested in him or the cheaper young gun with a larger number of unknown factors? Does any of it serve as a true looking glass into what the regular season will bring? Probably not, but as I kept an eye on reports out of St. Joseph this week, there were plenty of performances worth talking about.
From a discussion viewpoint, one nice play may give us a chance to talk about our expectations or hopes for a given player. An early-August shuffled offensive line doesn’t mean that Andy Reid strongly prefers one guard to another, but it gives us a chance to see some of these new players in pads and lets us speculate on what the best combination may be for 2015 and beyond.
So for the comments on this episode, I’d love to hear which players have caught your eye so far and how you expect to see their performances (good or bad) spill over into the season.
If you’re going to training camp: Tweet @jbbrisco with your observations and things you want to have brought up on the show. I want to collect as many viewpoints as possible!