On this week’s mailbag edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we were asked for surprises and disappointments through the first quarter of the 2020 season.
Here are the Chiefs players we discussed:
Taco Charlton is this year’s Emmanuel Ogbah — a player the Chiefs picked up with little expectation that has been productive. Charlton hasn’t even been active for all four games this season but has made a noticeable impact as a quality pass rusher opposite Frank Clark. Charlton has already produced two sacks in three active games — showing some juice off the edge. If he continues at this rate, he’ll earn a nice payday similar to Ogbah.
A late addition to the roster, Thompson came in to compete at a thin safety position and earned a spot on the 53-man roster. He’s maximized his opportunities with sure tackling, some impressive closing plays in run and pass situations — and versatility. If Thompson were called upon to play an increased role due to injury, the early sample size shows a player capable of stepping in.
.@tommy_townsend averaged 60.8 (!!) yards-per-punt last night, setting a Chiefs' franchise record (min. four punts). He racked up 243 yards on his four kicks and landed one inside the 20.— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 6, 2020
Tommy has really impressed through his first four games as a pro.
It’s not easy replacing a legend, but Tommy Townsend has done a fantastic job in doing just that by filling the void left by the Chiefs moving on from Dustin Colquitt. The goal is for the undrafted free agent to only be on the field for extra points, but also when his services have been needed. Townsend has improved the punting game from the last few seasons. The young, booming leg will only get better.
Last year was something to build off for Tanoh Kpassagnon, a 2017 second-round pick. He earned more playing time over the course of 2019 and started this season over Alex Okafor — a player the Chiefs paid on a multi-year deal last season to help solidify their defensive line. The trajectory of his career has hit a little plateau through four games in 2020 — there is not much to write home about as a pass rusher off the edge or kicking inside. Kpassagnon does what he’s asked to do — and there’s value in that. However, you would prefer to see him make a few more plays — and through the first quarter of the year, he hasn’t been too active.
The hope was to see the 2018 version of Wylie this year — the one that earned the Mack Lee Hill Award for the Chiefs’ outstanding rookie. That Andrew Wylie has been missing the past two seasons. Wylie experienced injury issues in 2019 but wasn’t great between them. This year has been more of the same. Wylie has been ineffective in the run game and inconsistent in pass protection this season. There are strength and balance issues — areas where you would hope to have seen improvement.
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