The Kansas City Chiefs enter the 2014 season with plenty of new starters but not many new players. The Chiefs are banking on development from some of their younger players this year after they lost a number of veterans in free agency. With those changes come concerns.
Which Chiefs position group concerns you the most entering the 2014 season?
The offensive line has to be a candidate. They have several new starting positions filled, including left tackle (Eric Fisher), right guard (Zach Fulton / Rishaw Johnson / Jeff Linkenbach) and right tackle (Donald Stephenson). Because of Fisher's injury, which will keep him from fully practicing until training camp, Stephenson has been lining up at left tackle and J'Marcus Webb (among others) has been at right tackle. That means that nearly half of the Chiefs offensive line has spent the offseason lining up in a position they likely won't be playing in 2014.
The secondary also has to be a concern, both safety and cornerbacks. At safety, the Chiefs are going to have a new free safety, a combo of Husain Abdullah and Sanders Commings. At cornerback, the Chiefs lost long-time starter Brandon Flowers and plan to replace him with second-year corner Marcus Cooper. Even Sean Smith's position is in limbo after his demotion to second team following his arrest.
The receivers are also a question mark. This is an area some people thought the Chiefs would use their first round pick on. Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery are your top two guys once again. Junior Hemingway is the new addition at slot receiver, with De'Anthony Thomas and Weston Dressler mixed in someplace.
The great thing about football is that if we did this list after the season it would be totally different. Unexpected players will step up while injuries and disappointments will force other changes.
Which position group would you choose?