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Chiefs Training Camp: Too Early To Predict Rookie Starters, GM Scott Pioli Says

As we've talked about before, there are five 2010 NFL draft picks on the Kansas City Chiefs roster that are fighting for a starting job in training camp.

Safety Eric Berry, slot receiver Dexter McCluster and nickelback Javier Arenas have been running with the first team the majority of training camp so you gotta think they're closing in on locking up a starting job.

Tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Kendrick Lewis are two others that have seen first team action and are in the midst of a battle to claim the starting job.

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli told Jack Harry of NBC Action News in a video segment that aired on Sunday night that (not surprisingly) he's not ready to claim any starting jobs yet.

"To be starting, I think it's too early to predict who starts because different guys were drafted at different points and, based on the situation they're coming into at their position, there's going to be a different transition period," he said. "We're expecting and hoping that all will contribute in some way whether it's Eric at the top, the middle or the bottom. We're hoping they all contribute in some way."

Outside linebacker Cameron Sheffield could see some reps at outside linebacker. The starting outside linebacker jobs are pretty much locked up but he's been coming on strong recently. Jon Asamoah meanwhile appears to be a player for the future and not 2010. The Chiefs were down to their third string left guard and it wasn't Asamoah so we're not sure how much time he'll see absent an injury.

So through a week-and-a-half of camp, there could be as few as one rookie starter and as many as five.