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Chiefs team building - offensive tackles

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

From the FanPosts -Joel

Eric Fisher is a No. 1 pick. But if you have made up your mind that he will be a quality starting left tackle then I have nothing for you. These aren't the Droids you're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.

It is officially time to worry about Fisher. He will not be able to practice fully until training camp at the earliest.

Last season, we watched him struggle. He got a break for being a rookie and switching positions to the right side. The consensus was he would be able to develop. All he needs is to "get NFL experience and get stronger". Well with these injuries still keeping him out of the offseason program at the Chiefs practice facility, it will be next to impossible for him to accomplish both of those things. So whenever he can practice he will be so far behind the curve for his second season that he may have missed out on his best opportunity to improve on his performance from last year. Hopefully, he is ready to play the season.

If not, who can fill the space left at offensive tackle?

Rookie sixth-round linemen Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have been moving around already in the voluntary OTAs But they both are better suited to guard than tackle and Fulton could push for playing time opposite Jeff Allen. Jeff Linkenbach, who signed in the offseason, is a utility player who logged snaps at four positions along the Indianapolis line in 2012 and 2013.

J’Marcus Webb recently joined the roster after playing in the NFC North since entering the league. His play in Chicago and Minnesota was not overly impressive. He was criticized relentlessly and lost his job to a rookie. He should easily provide a good quality swing tackle, much as Donald Stephenson did in 2013. He saw little action in 2013 in that role after starting for the Bears in 2012. He is only 25 years old and that year could have proved invaluable in terms of allowing him to develop and mature.

There is also a significant possibility that we will see more of him in the fall. When looking at his stats in 2012 / 2013 and comparing to Fisher and Stephenson in 2013, the results are a bit startling.

Hold on... This is going to hurt.

J’Marcus Webb is the best pass protection tackle on the Chiefs roster:
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Webb and Fisher allowed the nearly the same number of quarterback pressures, according to ProFootballFocus.com. But Webb played 143 more passing snaps.

If Fisher cannot improve his play markedly in training camp, his injury and slowed development could put Webb in a position to to play right away for the Chiefs. That’s a lot to ask of a fallen former starter like Webb. However, with some confidence restored and a clean slate, Webb might be the best option for the starting right tackle position.

And it looks like Andy Reid and his staff might agree.

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