Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was at the NFL owners meetings last year when he broke the (expected) news that Eric Fisher would be the team's starting left tackle in 2014. Reid is at the 2015 NFL owners meetings this week and told reporters that Donald Stephenson is the team's starting right tackle ... right now.
Reid says KC projecting Donald Stephenson as the starting RT "right now"— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) March 24, 2015
Reid on his starting right tackle: "Right now we've got Donald Stephenson there. We'll see how it goes."— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 24, 2015
Reid on Stephenson: "He was suspended early and gave another guy (Harris) an opportunity...there should be great competition there."— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 24, 2015
The season doesn't start for another six months so the "right now" part is important. The Chiefs currently have Stephenson, Derek Sherrod and a few others at tackle. Perhaps even Jeff Allen. And the Chiefs 2014 starting right tackle, Ryan Harris, is a free agent. Then there's the 2015 NFL Draft. The Chiefs could take a tackle with their first round pick and that player would probably project to a starting role at some point. So plenty can change.
The best case scenario here is Stephenson winning the job and starting in 2015. He's on his rookie deal and scheduled to be a free agent so I would hope the Chiefs get something out of a player like that because he did play well when given the opportunity in 2013. We just don't know why he didn't have the opportunity in 2014.