One of the greatest achievements of general manager Brett Veach in his five years leading the Chiefs front office was the complete transformation of the team’s offensive line from one season to the next (from 2021-22). With the trade for Orlando Brown Jr., the signing of Joe Thuney, and the drafting of Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, the Chiefs brought in four players with Pro Bowl potential and right tackle has multiple adequate players vying for a starting role.
Behind them, the Chiefs remain deep and talented. Austin Reiter was brought back this offseason to back up Humphrey, giving them a former starter with Super Bowl experience waiting in the wings. The thing is that the Chiefs also have other versatile players who can lock down the center role in case of emergency including Nick Allegretti.
To date, we’ve heard nothing about Reiter one way or the other in camp. Given that players are often set up in one-on-one scenarios in the trenches, you’d think we’d hear about some wins (or losses).
It’s possible that the competition here won’t be enough to knock him out, but if young developmental players like Mike Caliendo or Vitaliy German show enough promise, it would make more sense to keep them around for their cost-controlled presence.