What we know
1. The Chiefs are going to pass the ball more. We're still slightly just guessing here based on Andy Reid's history. Big Red is not trying to come out and tell us the game plan and neither is Alex Smith.
2. Dwayne Bowe is still the man. He is the unquestioned No. 1 receiver and the only receiver who any of us feel truly comfortable about heading into next season.
3. Jamaal Charles will catch more balls. Yes, Jamaal is an outstanding runner. But history says in Reid's offense he will catch more passes than ever. Jamaal also says that -- he recently said the Chiefs plan to use him like LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook were used in Philly. Jamaal's career high is 45 receptions in a season (2010).
4. There's talk of who will fill the No. 2 cornerback role but there is no controversy around No. 1 -- that's Brandon Flowers.
5. Tony Moeaki has been hurt all offseason.
6. WR Donnie Avery, who signed a three-year deal in the season, remains an unknown. Part of the reason Jon Baldwin is probably going start the season as the No. 2 receiver? Avery's injury. He was hurt for much of the offseason with a high ankle sprain. Those can take multiple weeks to heal and his apparently took that long. He is coming into a new team and a new offense -- reps are key. He just hasn't had any.
7. Someone stepped on Jamaal Charles' toe, he left the field, we all freaked out and as it turns out he was fine.
The impact rookies
8. Rookie OT Eric Fisher: As advertised. No questions here.
9. RB Knile Davis: Can he beat Jamaal in a race? Keep reading for our special investigation.
10: TE Travis Kelce: I'm more excited about Travis Kelce than Anthony Fasano. Kelce can be a productive rookie. He's big and athletic, showing that off at times in OTAs. If he's the second tight end on the roster I could see him having a legitimate role on offense.
11. LB Nico Johnson loves him some DJ. The first thing he did when he met the media in the offseason was talk up DJ and nearly every time he spoke publicly since then DJ's name has come up. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. I should also consider putting Sanders Commings here but I already numbered everything out in this post and I'd have to go back and re-do it all so just pretend like his name was listed here.
12. LG: Jeff Allen, Geoff Schwartz and Donald Stephenson are fighting for one guard spot on the offensive line. The early money would be on Allen, though training camp could easily change that.
13. QB: Tyler Bray and Ricky Stanzi are competing for the third quarterback spot. Reid praised Bray earlier this offseason.
14. TE: Kelce and Moeaki are still competing for the second tight end. Considering Moeaki hasn't played yet, I will guess Kelce leads the battle.
15. RB: Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray and Shaun Draughn are hoping to be Jamaal Charles' backup. Davis looks like the guy so far.
16. ILB: Akeem Jordan and Nico Johnson are battling for the inside linebacker starting job. Johnson is a rookie and is clearly the future at that position. He's had some good early feedback from players like DJ.
17. CB: Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith are in an important run for the No. 2 cornerback job. My first guess was Smith and there hasn't been a strong indication of who it will be since then. Again, training camp will tell us a lot.
18. S: There are a lot of safeties after Eric Berry. Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Sanders Commings, Quintin Demps and even more. I don't have the slightest clue on this one yet. I'd say Lewis if I had to guess right now.
19. FB: Anthony Sherman vs. Braden Wilson. The vet vs. the rookie. Oh the drama!
20. Dexter McCluster seems the early favorite to return punts. (Oh, remember that time...) Maybe Devon Wylie gets some shots in there as well?
21. Knile Davis will get a chance to return kicks. He hasn't done that since high school. Seems odd but maybe the Chiefs think Davis is such a good player that they just want to get him touches. Quintin Demps and Mardy Gilyard are possibilities here, too.
22. There will be no competition for kicker Ryan Succop or punter Dustin Colquitt. No surprise on either of those. The Chiefs like both of them. Colquitt is a "bomber", according to special teams coach Dave Toub, and they're just tweaking minor parts of Succop's technique.
Searching for the No. 2 receiver
23. Jon Baldwin's camp was up and down but he's ending on a high note. He was receiving criticism early on but by the end of the practice Chiefs GM John Dorsey was praising Baldwin's "excellent" week of work.
24. It's hard to get a feel for how Dexter McCluster will contribute this year. I thought he would be used in more places, including running back but he appears to be a lost receiver. It's about chemistry between him and Alex Smith, which only develops by getting more reps.
25. Junior Hemingway, former Chiefs seventh round pick, is a name you could've easily forgotten last year. He's not a starter by any means this year but he has been a player that folks have noticed.
Jamaal vs. Knile in a race: Who ya got?
26. Knile Davis was asked if he could beat Jamaal Charles in a race: "I don't know man," Davis said. "He's fast but I'm pretty fast too. If he challenged me I could give him a run for his money." Here's the video:
And the reaction:
On Knile Davis saying he could beat him in a race, Jamaal Charles: He didn't tell ME that. Then proceed to heap high praise on Knile.— TJ Carpenter (@TJCarpenterWHB) June 6, 2013
Just had nice half-hour chat with #Chiefs GM John Dorsey. Says he'd put his money on Jamaal Charles over Knile Davis in a footrace.— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) June 6, 2013
27. Dorsey added later in an 810 interview: "I'll put my money on the veteran right now. But that young buck can run a little bit himself right now. Actually he's a little bigger than Jamaal but I would say Jamaal has the first 10 yards on him but Knile may get him on the 100."
The D-Bowe Show is back
Bowe: "(Jamaal Charles) is going to lead the league in rushing this year and I’m going to lead the league in receptions and touchdowns.’’— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 15, 2013
Bowe: "When we get in full gear and pads and close to the season, it’s going to be a show to watch."— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 15, 2013
Players with personalities?!?!
The most offseason tweet this offseason
28. Most offseason tweet ever?
Candidate for the most offseason tweet: Tyson Jackson is in the best shape of his life, according to Mitch Holthus on 810.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) June 5, 2013
The 10 best remaining questions
29. I have a question about every receiver not named The D-Bowe Show.
30. Speaking of The D-Bowe Show, will he have any special touchdown dances planned?
31. Will Jamaal Charles get enough consecutive touches?
32. Who will be the fullback? And will the Chiefs use that fullback?
33. Who is the best Chiefs player that will be cut before the season starts?
34. Will the defense be vulnerable against the run?
35. Will Tyson Jackson and Co. actually be pressuring the passer more or is that just the usual offseason talk?
36. Where will Dunta Robinson play?
37. Is Tamba Hali on the decline?
38. Is this the year Justin Houston becomes a star?