It's a fact of life in the NFL that you're going to have to play young players. The Kansas City Chiefs, for example, have nine rookies on the team. Not all of them will play major roles but some of them will. They'll be counted on at various times to make a play.
The Chiefs will be one of the youngest teams in the NFL once again and Andy Reid says he has no issue with that.
"I'm OK with playing young players," Reid said in this KCChiefs.com video. "There's nothing wrong with that. They have to grow up fast. They got a tremendous amount of reps up in St. Joe during camp and now they're just getting their legs back and getting ready to go against Tennessee."
Indeed they do have to grow up. Josh Mauga doesn't have many starts but he will be the Chiefs starting middle linebacker. Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker are both young players who will be counted on heavily at cornerback. Offensively, the Chiefs have a number of young receivers they'll need to show up in Week 1 with Dwayne Bowe suspended. There's also the entire offensive line which is young. Travis Kelce is being counted on for a big role on offense this year and De'Anthony Thomas will be needed on special teams.
The Chiefs do have plenty of young players but it's also important to note that they have strong veterans, too. The pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are going to show up every week. You know that. Jamaal Charles will be Jamaal Charles behind any offensive line. Eric Berry, Dontari Poe and other defensive players will be paid big money in a few years for a very good reason.
Reid said that he likes the blend of young and veteran players the Chiefs have. I'll let you know after Week 1 if I like it, too.