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Chiefs left guard Jeff Allen looks like your Week 1 starting right tackle

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It looks like Jeff Allen will be the Chiefs right tackle while Donald Stephenson is suspended.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to rest most of their starters for the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night so we won't get another look at how the Chiefs offensive line could line up. This is too bad because I wanted just a little more confirmation on how the Chiefs o-line  will look while Donald Stephenson is suspended.

At the moment, Jeff Allen, who played right tackle in last week's preseason game, looks like your Week 1 starting right tackle considering the Chiefs played him there extensively (with the starters) last weekend. If the starters aren't playing this week against Green Bay then I can't see how Andy Reid can play someone else at right tackle in Week 1. He gave the most work to Jeff Allen so he looks like your right tackle.

Having a rookie at right guard (Zach Fulton) and your left guard playing right tackle next to him isn't ideal as we saw several communication issues between Fulton and Allen. But communication issues are fixable and they both seem like smart players. A re-watch of the game let me see that Allen has some obvious potential at tackle. It's obviously not his first game there after playing tackle in college at Illinois.

"I think Jeff's a pretty good tackle," Reid said this week.

Chiefs OC Doug Pederson perhaps tipped his hand when he talked about Allen as the right tackle this year.

"Jeff Allen is going to do a great job over there and it's kind of like what we've done all preseason. We're in the evaluation process, we move some guys around, different positions and we've tried some different things. But now looking forward, we've got to embrace it and we've got to take the guys that we have and build with that and go forward with that. And got all the confidence in the world in Jeff or whoever that guy is going to be at right tackle or whoever is going to be at guard, center and just go. You've got to do that, we did it last year and we're going to do it again."

Andy Reid would probably prefer the Titans not know what his offensive line will look like.

Who is the left guard?

There was a competition between Jeff Linkenbach and Ricky Henry now that the position is available. Neither stood out particularly last week against the Vikings. I've wondered if guys like this that are in a position battle will end up playing on Thursday against the Packers just to get some more time.

Remember that the Chiefs signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn on Wednesday. How will he factor in? He may not be a factor today but he has started 30 games in the last two years, making him the most experienced offensive lineman on the team.

Who is the swing tackle?

A strong candidate would be Ryan Harris, the veteran tackle signed shortly before training camp started. Note that the Chiefs starting offensive line stayed in for an extra series in preseason Week 3 but Harris replaced Allen at right tackle earlier than that. Harris also played left tackle with the second string.

Pro Football Focus graded Harris out as one of the top tackles during preseason work. That's against reserve players but it's still encouraging.

What about others?

Roster cuts will help us shore up a few more questions such as J'Marcus Webb, who was an offseason candidate for the swing tackle position. Other teams roster cuts will also put more free agents on the market, which GM John Dorsey will be closely watching.