3 problems KC Chiefs are already dealing with in training camp

The Chiefs have more reasons for confidence than most but that doesn't mean there aren't concerns.

Feb 6, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) speaks with
Feb 6, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) speaks with / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Defensive line concerns (even besides CJ)

Speaking of missing Chris Jones, the truth is that his absence already seems to be negatively affecting his entire unit. At the present time, it's hard to find many camp reports from St. Joseph that are positive about the Chiefs defensive front even as other positions receive glowing reviews.

On the outside, Mike Danna has been dealing with a strained calf injury and has been forced to miss time. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, the team's first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, is behind where he wants to be because he's been working his way back from a hand injury. And it's not as if George Karlaftis or B.J. Thompson or Malik Herring or Josh Kaindoh or Charles Omenihu are generating much praise at this point in the preseason.

Even worse, however, is the interior. Jones has been out while he wants for more money, but the team is also missing Turk Wharton, who is on the Physically Unable to Play list. Keondre Coburn was the team's sixth-round pick, but no one is writing about him seizing the opportunity. The same can be said of roster longshots like Phil Hoskins, Matt Dickerson, or Daniel Wise.

The Chiefs were already thin in the middle even if Jones was present and Wharton was healthy. Without them, there are some real concerns.