That said, the Chiefs haven't given a direct -- or even subtle -- hint as to when Berry might be cleared to resume football activities, if at all. How the secondary lines up with all the new (and moving) parts this week at OTAs might give us an indication of how they plan to roll without 29, at least in the short term.
But the competition for starting jobs won’t end in offseason practice. Indeed, it won’t begin in earnest until training camp. Rookie Mitch Morse and veterans Jeff Allen and Zach Fulton could win starting jobs by the time the regular season begins.
Bray tore his ACL in early January and had surgery, which led to the signing of Terrelle Pryor, who was then released after the NFL Draft. The Chiefs invited undrafted quarterbacks Bo Wallace, Michael Strauss, Cody Sokol and Chris Bonner to rookie minicamp, but opted not to sign either. That the Chiefs chose not to bring aboard a quarterback after rookie minicamp to bolster depth before OTAs could be a sign Bray is ahead of rehabilitation.
Kansas City’s pass defense remains intact from a 2014 season that saw the unit finish ranked second in the league (203.2 yards allowed per game) in addition to not allowing a 300-yard passer. All-Pro outside linebacker Justin Houston comes off a campaign with a team-record 22 sacks in a single season. While the pass defense thrived, the run defense suffered despite allowing just four rushing scores on the season.
Left Guard: No position was upgraded more than this one. The Chiefs are going from McGlynn, who Pro Footbal Focus rated correctly as the worst guard in the NFL, to Ben Grubbs. Grubbs, a two-time Pro Bowler, is going to give Kansas City a mauler in the run game with some of the nimblest feet you have seen. After watching him on film, I can’t wait to see Grubbs in screens and pulls. Look out.
But, these practices are as close to actual football as teams are allowed by that same contract. That doesn’t mean there’s not information to be gleaned from the work. In the case of all 32 teams it’s another step in evaluating where they sit with the 90-man roster. That starts with the 22 starters on offense and defense and then the next 22 backups and special teams performers. Whether they get complete answers or not, there are four key questions that attract the attention of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. In no certain order they are:
In my 15-year career in the Army, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of several great teams, and through these teams I have seen the best and worst in humanity through peace and war. I’ve been part of the teams that crushed empires and part of teams that have rebuilt nations. It is always the great teams that you remember, the ones where it was a pleasure to come to work each day because you get to work with them. Not every staff is great, but I am happy to say this team at the Kansas City Chiefs is one of those few extraordinary teams where it was a pleasure to work with and for.