Kansas City Chiefs 2016 roster: Thoughts and musings
To date, Kansas City had been hesitant to play Reid at guard, mainly because he was far and away KC’s best tackle off the bench. If they were to move him inside they wouldn’t have anyone they trusted to come off the bench at tackle. If the Chiefs like what they see in Witzmann it could free them up to play Reid at guard should Ehinger continue to struggle.
My guess is that the Chiefs give Ehinger a shot to prove he can handle it. If you want to know why KC may be tempted to start Ehinger despite some issues with his core strength I highly recommend you read THIS PIECE on center Mitch Morse and how he helps the Chiefs in their screen game. Seriously, take a couple of minutes and read that article, its worth it. While the article is all about Morse I couldn’t help of think of Ehinger.
The KC rookie may not be a physical force inside but he moves well for a guard and seems to have an advanced understanding of angles for a rookie. You can tell from that article how the Chiefs value that. While KC doesn’t typically stretch the field with deep passing they do stretch a defense from side to side. Having interior linemen that are athletic enough to get out and move helps them do this.
I would still feel better about KC’s line if Reid started at guard this season and they gave Ehinger another year to build some strength and gain some experience. Here’s to hoping that Witzmann looks good enough at tackle that the Chiefs are willing to consider it.
Finally, a few closing thoughts.
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