I think you can go ahead and pencil Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s name in as one of the starting guards next season. I understand that the Canadian doctor was out of football last season as he made the commendable choice to put his medical credentials to use during the pandemic, but on a Chiefs team in dire need of proven starting talent, he should be able to reclaim his old starting spot.
While Duvernay-Tardif may have never risen to Pro Bowl caliber, or even to the level that his previous contract seemed to reflect, he was a solid NFL starting guard for the Chiefs for the better part of five seasons between 2015-2019. He knows Andy Reid’s offense well and would be a calming presence for whomever is starting at center next to him (regardless if that someone is new to the offense or someone already on the roster who is starting at center for the first time).
While it may take him a little while to get back into football conditioning, the year away from the punishment that is life in the NFL trenches may have given Duvernay-Tardif time for his body to heal. It’s certainly possible that we see a rejuvenated player this year. There are no guarantees in the NFL, but I certainly feel like the safest bet when it comes to the Chiefs offensive line next season is LDT. I would guess he’ll be the team’s starting right guard once again.
The real question is will any other current Chiefs be starting along side of him? To answer that I think the logical next place to go is the guy that is currently the only returning starter from last season.