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Kansas City Chiefs try a new starting offensive line out at training camp

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line has been fairly consistently consisted of LT Eric Fisher, LG Ben Grubbs, C Eric Kush, RG Jeff Allen and RT Donald Stephenson.

At Saturday's training camp practice, the Chiefs mixed it up with their three position battles at center, right guard and right tackle.

The Chiefs are locked in on Fisher and Grubbs on the left side. Instead of Kush at center on Saturday, they went with rookie Mitch Morse. And instead of Jeff Allen at right guard, he was playing right tackle. Last year's starter, Zach Fulton, took over right guard duties which meant Donald Stephenson sat out.

The advantage to a line up like that is the Chiefs still have Stephenson as a swing tackle. That's what I like about that line because they'll probably need a swing tackle at some point. Stephenson once started seven games in one season as a swing tackle. It's important. I also like that a Chiefs rookie is getting plenty of playing time right away. I like it when rookies are able to play right away.

The downside is that I think you get worse at right guard. I would take Jeff Allen at right guard over Fulton. I haven't seen enough of Allen at tackle to have a good opinion on how I would compare him to Donald Stephenson. The other downside is that you just spent the entire offseason giving those first team center reps to Kush rather than Morse.

I prefer the LT Fisher, LG Grubbs, C Kush, RG Allen, RT Stephenson line up with Morse hopefully pushing Kush throughout the season. That, to me, is the most talented group. Of course it's not up to me to pick the best five; that's Andy Reid. And it'll probably change every other week.

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