OL: Reid Fragel
Many of you probably don’t know much about Fragel, but he’s a guy that has a very interesting skill set. A three-year tight end at Ohio State who moved to right tackle his senior season, Fragel has bounced around a few teams as he has continued to learn how to play offensive tackle.
After spending last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad, he signed a reserve-futures contract in January. With the athleticism and length that John Dorsey likes in his tackles, I’ll be interested to see if he has added the strength and learned the proper technique to successfully complete his conversion. Don’t be too surprised if Fragel earns his way onto the roster as a swing tackle or even makes a push for the starting RT position.
DL: Alameda Ta’amu
Another unknown player on a reserve-futures contract, Ta’amu is a former fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers whose off-field issues drove him out of the league. The Chiefs signed him to a futures contract, however, in hopes he has matured and learned from his struggles. If so, Ta’amu is capable of playing in a Mike Devito role as a run-stopping defensive lineman and spelling Dontari Poe at nose tackle.
At 348 pounds, Ta’amu has the strength and force to eat up blockers and allow linebackers behind him to play freely. He won’t offer much as a pass rusher, but in short-yardage and goal line situations, Ta’amu can provide another immovable defensive lineman alongside Poe and Allen Bailey. I’ll be looking to see if Ta’amu takes advantage of the opportunity Dorsey has provided him to turn his career around.
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