Andy Reid focused the offensive line conversation on Bryan Witzmann and Zach Fulton on Sunday’s training camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a loaded offensive line. All five starters should be healthy for the regular season, at least if Parker Ehinger’s ability to return from injury on time is true, and all five are also under long-term contracts. The Chiefs have the rare ability to boast health, continuity and youth along the offensive front, which will only help as they continue to develop chemistry together.
Yet even outside of those players, the Chiefs have plenty of both young and veteran players who could step in and perform if necessary. Andrew Tiller, Mike Person and Jah Reid are all players who have started multiple games in the NFL, yet the Chiefs also have options like Zach Fulton, Bryan Witzmann and this year undrafted rookie free agent Damien Mama. Specifically, Fulton and Witzmann are earning significant looks from the Chiefs coaches as they deal with Ehinger’s absence for now.
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When asked about whether to read too much into Witzmann getting starters reps at left guard for the third consecutive day, head coach Andy Reid also made sure Fulton got a mention as a versatile option for the Chiefs.
"Bryan Witzmann playing at the left guard spot, so again, I’ll tell you the same thing. He’s in the rotation. He and Zach [Fulton] are rotating in there and both of them are getting a lot of snaps, obviously Zach’s also playing some center in there. He’s been competing. I’ll have to take a look at the tape on it and see how he did, but he’s in there competing for an opportunity. He’s a tough kid and we’ll just see how he does."
Fulton is a former sixth round pick in the 2014 draft who has started 34 games since former general manager John Dorsey selected him out of Tennessee. Witzmann is another Dorsey addition, claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys last September. Fulton is clearly the more game-ready and experienced, yet both players are young and the team clearly likes Witzmann’s potential.
If either player steps up considerably, it could be an interesting competition when Ehinger returns to practice.