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Jeff Linkenbach was one of the Kansas City Chiefs best offensive linemen last week

Remember him? Jeff Linkenbach, KC Chiefs G / T, graded out as one of the Chiefs top linemen vs. the Panthers.

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Still having trouble figuring out the Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster? Don't worry, I am too.

The KC Chiefs offensive line is proving a tough one to figure out. We have a good idea of the five starters but we're still working out way through the backups to see who will make up the 8-10 offensive linemen the Chiefs decide to keep.

There will be one swing tackle (Ryan Harris? Ryan McKee?) as well as an interior lineman or two or three. The candidates -- after starting guards Jeff Allen and Zach Fulton -- are Jeff Linkenbach, Ricky Henry, Rishaw Johnson and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Henry is the one who Andy Reid says looks like Larry The Cable Guy and plays like a dirtbag. Rishaw Johnson was the favorite at right guard entering the offseason (pre-Zach Fulton). LDT is a sixth round pick out of Canada who is raw.

"Linkenbach has been one of those guys that's done a nice job here in the last week or two here." -Andy Reid

Then there's Jeff Linkenbach, who was signed this offseason. He had a strong game against Carolina and caught the eye of Andy Reid.

"Link is playing both offensive guard and tackle," Reid said on Monday. "One of his strengths is that he can get snaps in at both spots. We tried to work him in a little at each spot and he's actually, I'm not sure who had the question before you, but he's been one of those guys that's done a nice job here in the last week or two here."

This isn't just Big Red talking. Pro Football Focus called him a "bright point" on the offensive line.

Obviously playing more than one position can help. The Chiefs have been tried Jeff Allen at tackle here and there in camp in case an injury to someone else forces him to play tackle snaps. The key being if the Chiefs can use someone Linkenbach as a backup tackle and guard, that's maybe one roster spot the team can save.

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