The Chiefs things I think (mid-season)

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6. Paying for performance

Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) is unable to make a catch while being defended by Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Parker has been worth the money. He was a gamble that John Dorsey took last offseason.  Parker has made plays in 2015. To date, Parker is currently second on the team in pass breakups. He follows rookie Marcus Peters who has 12 PBUs on top of his three INTs. He made timely breakups in early big games against the Broncos and Bengals. In England, Parker was set loose and able to show his pass rush ability, recording two sacks on the day.

Eric Berry, Husain Abdullah and Tyvon Branch are have contracts expiring. His contract is expensive, but his continued development has part of the Chiefs’ secondary set for the future.

7. Aging Veteran facing crossroads

Jaye Howard should replace Mike DeVito in 2016.  Howard has continued to play well through eight games.  On the season, he has played more than double the amount of snaps that DeVito has played.  His 25 tackles is more than three times that number that DeVito has been able to put up. Both are free agents in 2016.  As you have read before, Howard has to be a priority re-signing.  Mike Devito, as well as he has played, is most likely playing his last season in a Chiefs uniform.

8. Must develop young talent

Chris Conley has to be used better.  For Conley, its pretty simple. He will only thrive if fed. While Jeremy Maclin was sidelined, Conley had to overcome an issue with drops. To make him into a solid threat for years to come, he has to continue to be targeted. He saw only 9 snaps in London after playing well in 56 snaps the week prior and scoring his first touchdown. Conley has the size and experience to be an above-average redzone receiver, a role he played well at Georgia. Reid needs to use the man’s natural talents to challenge the defenses they face.

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