Andy Reid is not going to rush Eric Berry back into the lineup when he does report to camp. Reid explained that they would likely bring Berry along slowly and make sure he is game ready. That is a smart move on Reid’s part. Berry won’t need much of a running start in the regular season. The team will want ramp his workload up with an eye to the regular season kickoff against San Diego.
Reid also stated that the offensive line has seven players on it that Reid feels can contribute to the regular season. He pointed out that beyond the starting group, both Zach Fulton and Jah Reid have played a significant number of snaps for this team in the past. It appears that nothing is set in stone for a possible eighth linemen for the 53-man roster.
Do the Chiefs keep five or six for the defensive line? History says six will be the number. The team has kept six defensive linemen on the 53-man cutdown every year that Reid and John Dorsey have been in charge.
The achilles heal of the 2016 Chiefs defense could turn out to be the inside linebacker spot next to Derrick Johnson. That is surprising for a unit that will likely start 2nd-year cornerbacks at both outside spots and could see a rookie heavily in the rotation at safety.
It may come down to a matter of philosophy. The play style and athletic abilities of this inside linebacker corps are slanted toward a speedy run and chase design. With teams in the AFC West eyeing more powerful and frequent run games, the team may have to look at a cut-down acquisition.
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