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Predicting the Kansas City Chiefs starters on offense

The Kansas City Chiefs have a talented roster and have made significant investments into the team this year, despite the recent 2-14 record. On offense the addition of Alex Smith is the single biggest move the Chiefs made this offseason. How will the rest of the offensive starters look?


1. The sure things on the roster: QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Anthony Fasano, C Rodney Hudson, G Jon Asamoah. Do you count more or less on the roster?

2. Where are thou, Jon Baldwin? Right now, I can't slot him in as a starter. He comes from the previous regime, so Andy Reid and Co. don't have any loyalty to him in that regard. The new regime just gave Donnie Avery a three-year, $9 million deal. Let's not beat around the bush: Baldwin just hasn't been very good in the NFL in his short career. That's what it comes down to, potential or not. Chiefs GM John Dorsey recently suggested Baldwin could play some slot.

3. Donnie Avery can't beat out the Chiefs 2011 first round pick. He just can't.

4. In two tight end sets, Travis Kelce or Tony Moeaki should be able to step in along with Anthony Fasano. Speaking of ... anyone else excited to see how the Moeaki vs. Kelce camp battle turns out? That's going to be a good one. (Anyone else such a huge Chiefs geek that they're excited for the No. 2 tight end battle? Folks, we gotta get it together.) My money's on Kelce. Also: I'm anxious to see what the Chiefs tight end personnel means for the rest of the offense. More two tight end sets?

5. IF Albert is in Kansas City, he's the left tackle. Andy Reid has confirmed that so there's no question about it at this of point. Well, there is the question of whether Albert will even be a Chief....

6. IF Albert is in Kansas City, Eric Fisher is likely the right tackle. Almost assuredly.

7. At left guard, I went with Jeff Allen over Geoff Schwarz. You could easily flip that around. Allen lined up at guard and tackle at the Chiefs last minicamp as did Schwartz. Allen played tackle throughout college and depending on Albert's future the Chiefs could have a need there. Both Allen and Schwartz offer flexibility so they're going to be an interesting duo to keep an eye on.

8. The Chiefs have some fullback drama with trading for Anthony Sherman from the Cardinals and drafting Kansas State's Braden Wilson. Where do they fit? How does Andy Reid use his fullbacks? Do they both make the roster? All questions I have.

9. The Chiefs have four offensive linemen under their rookie contracts. In other words, this lineup isn't going to look the same in about two years.

10. Thanks to Evan Silva of Rotoworld for the idea of predicting the Chiefs starting lineup. Check out Evan's thoughts here.

Starting lineup prediction:

QB: Alex Smith
RB: Jamaal Charles
WR: Dwayne Bowe
WR: Donnie Avery
WR: Dexter McCluster
TE: Anthony Fasano
LT: Branden Albert
LG: Jeff Allen
C: Rodney Hudson
RG: Jon Asamoah
RT: Eric Fisher


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