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Kansas City Chiefs candidates for the right guard job

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The Kansas City Chiefs top position battle -- or at least the one the fans are talking about the most -- appears to be the No. 2 receiver job. But the Chiefs competition at right guard is also a fascinating one because of how many players are involved.

Left guard was a problem last year because of Mike McGlynn, who is now gone. Ben Grubbs came in to hold down the left side but we're left to wonder what happens on the right side.

The candidates for the right guard job:

1. Jeff Allen is the wild card here because we don't really know a whole lot about how the Chiefs feel about him. They moved him to right tackle when it came out that Donald Stephenson was getting suspended last year. Then Allen went down with a season-ending injury so we don't have as much to evaluate with him under Reid as others. What we do know is that he spent plenty of time with the first team at right guard. I would consider him the favorite right now.

2. Zach Fulton was the rookie starter in 2014. He looked like a rookie but wasn't bad enough that he's not a consideration this year. Even if Fulton doesn't win out, the Chiefs are a better team in 2015 because of all the experience he received in 2014.

3. Rookie Mitch Morse was drafted high enough (second round) that he has to be a consideration here. While he is the perceived center of the future, he did see time at guard during minicamp.

4. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was a 2014 sixth round pick. The Chiefs chose to keep him on the roster and not the practice squad, which would have potentially made him available to other teams. That tells me they see a future for him.

5. Paul Fanaika signed a multi-year deal in the offseason. He does play guard but has been lining up on the other side during OTAs. Still, with a three-year contract, you have to wonder what the Chiefs plans with him are.

6. 2015 UDFA Marcus Reed was claimed off waivers from the Packers shortly before mandatory minicamp so he's another one we don't know much about.

We really don't know much about how the Chiefs plan to attack this position battle considering these players weren't in pads during OTAs. There's only so much you can tell in shorts and a helmet, especially with the linemen. How the Chiefs line up during training camp will tell us much more about this position battle.

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