It’s easy to forget about Martinas Rankin because he’s been injured for so much of his NFL career. In 2018, he missed much of the Houston Texans preseason activities due to a foot injury, although he was able to appear in all 16 games that season. In 2019, he played in only six games for the Chiefs before a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Coming into this season, Rankin’s knee still wasn’t ready to return to the field, so the Chiefs placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform list—which is where he remains today. That PUP list forced Rankin to automatically miss the first six games of the season, but Andy Reid made it clear in recent comments that he’s still not quite ready.
"“Yeah, so Rank (Martinas Rankin) has done a good job of working to get back,” Reid said. “He’s not quite there yet but he’s working at it.”"
It’s possible that Rankin could add to the competition at guard in the second half of the season and be in game shape when it matters most. If so, don’t sleep on the difference he could make. Remember he was a third round pick as recently as 2018 as a developmental lineman for good reason.