It's already almost August, meaning training camp is finally here. The Chiefs have been fairly busy this offseason, acquiring both players and coaches, with Thomas Jones and Charlie Weis being the latest examples. With the Broncos once again, trading away a key offensive player, and the Chargers not signing key offensive players, the Chiefs have a decent chance at the division this year. This year is an exciting year for just about every team, and this year, I can actually say that without crossing my fingers. I've been going around to every team in the order of the draft and have been trying to predict who will have a big year and who will have a poor one, and as you can already tell, it's the Chiefs' turn.
*Just want to say, "Bust" just means down year, not complete failure*
BOOM! - S Eric Berry
When the Chiefs drafted Berry with the 5th pick overall, they struck a gold mine. When Berry was a safety at Tennessee, he was a difference maker and play maker. In his first two years, he had a total of 12 interceptions and 3 sacks. When they stopped throwing at him at all he had 2 INTs his last year. Berry will lead the Chiefs in INTs this year and will be a play maker and a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Berry can do big things and has the potential of a healthy Bob Sanders and is such an athlete he can go rush the QB and stop the run in addition to his ability to be a ball hawk. His speed, strength, and natural ball hawk skills make him a dangerous player in the secondary. If he doesn't put up numbers similar to that of Jairus Byrd last year, I'll be surprised.
Bust... - RB Thomas Jones
Despite coming off his best year, Jones is in for a reality check this year. The past year when he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 14 TDs with the Jets, he had arguably the best offensive line in the league, at least for rushing. Last year, Jones had ex-Chief Tony Richardson leading the way for him, too. Now, he will be playing for the Chiefs alongside Jamaal Charles, who is far more versatile than the soon-to-be 32 year old Jones. While Jones will probably get the starting job, he will not have as good of an O-line in Kansas City and will be losing carries to Charles. Yes, Shonn Greene did take away carries from Jones last year, but Jones still got a majority of the carries. Charles will be getting playing time in all passing downs as well as 3rd down opportunities. And Jones really showed his age at the end of the year last year. His average yards per carry for the last 6 games were less than 3.1 yards per carry. He got worn down last year and this year, I'd guess 800 yards and 6 TDs for about 250 carries this year.
While Eric Berry could breakout as a rookie, expect little from Jones aside from leadership. Jones is a warrior, but few 30+ RBs have good years, especially when going to a rebuilding team like KC. Now go ahead and let me know who you think I missed. Next team up: the Seattle Seahawks.