Move over, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. There might be another uber-smart offensive guard in Kansas City soon. That would be none other than a rookie, Mike Caliendo.
No known relation to a popular impressionist, Caliendo had an impressive collegiate career at Western Michigan. He played in all the Broncos games since 2017, starting all but two of those games. He was an Academic All-MAC selection five times, a first-team All-Mac in 2020 and 2021, and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, or “the Academic Heisman”, in 2021. All in all, Caliendo had a very decorated collegiate career on and off the field.
The Chiefs signed Caliendo as an undrafted free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. He had a so-so preseason performance, but he played in all three games at both center and right guard. He did not commit any penalties or surrender any sacks in 104 snaps played. He might not have dominated at the line of scrimmage, but Caliendo looked to be competent and a future depth piece.
With both right guard Trey Smith and left guard Joe Thuney banged up, Caliendo may make his way to the active roster later this season. He is not going to take any starting spots but has valued versatility and firm fundamentals.