The Kansas City Chiefs hope to have a decision made on their best five offensive linemen by the third preseason game, according to offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.
"You have to, I think by the time you get to your third week when your starters are playing a lot, three quarters, you should have that ironed out," Pederson told the media, via quotes from the Chiefs. "Going into that last week, where you play all your backups, those starters now get ready for that opening day, so you've still got a couple of days here to really get that thing ironed out. From there, it's all hands on deck. Give the starters all the reps they can handle, and they get ready for that first game."
The problem with having two players vying for one spot is that the eventual starter necessarily won't get as many reps as they could have. That's why I'm not really a fan of quarterback camp battles because the eventual starting quarterback needs as many reps as he can get so they need to make that decision sooner.
This decision might be slightly overblown because we know there will be injuries. There could be benchings or other personnel moves that change the offensive line. In fact, I'm sure there will be. The Chiefs will keep 8-10 offensive linemen and I wouldn't be surprised to see most of them play at some point this season due to injury or performance.
If I were making the o-line decision, here's what I like: LT Eric Fisher, LG Ben Grubbs, C Mitch Morse, RG Jeff Allen, RT Donald Stephenson.