I attended the Kansas City Chiefs OTAs on Tuesday and wrote a brief note about the size of defensive end Mike Catapano, last year's seventh round pick out of Princeton. Catapano looks like a big dude who has added some serious weight this offseason. It was obvious just looking at him that he is bigger than the 270 pounds he is listed at.
Catapano is not the only Chiefs defensive end to put on weight this offseason. Allen Bailey, who is currently running with the first team at defensive end, has reached 300 pounds. This according to an interview Bailey did with Sean Keeler of Fox Sports, which I suggest you read.
Bailey is one of the Chiefs best offseason stories and it almost passed me by.
The Chiefs signed Vance Walker to a three-year, $13 million deal in March. That was believed to be "starter money" on the Chiefs defensive line. We all assumed Walker would be starting there but it's possible we were all wrong. It's been Bailey, not Walker, who has been lining up with the first team this offseason opposite Mike DeVito at defensive end.
Bailey has been a rotational player since the Chiefs drafted him in the third round in the 2011 NFL Draft (Keeler has more on Bailey's stats last season).With DeVito and Tyson Jackson at defensive end last year, there wasn't any talk of Bailey pushing for a starter's role. After the Chiefs signed Walker, there much if any talk of Bailey pushing him. Now he's consistently lining up on the first team.
You can look at this and think, 'Gee, Walker isn't starting with that contract?' and think it's not a good thing. Or you can look at this and think, 'Gee, the Chiefs are building nice depth on the defensive line'.
Bailey, DeVito, Catapano and Walker ... I see this competition as a good problem to have.