Grubbs, a former Pro Bowler, will resume his spot in the starting lineup at Friday’s practice. It was his turn to yield his position, if only for a day, to one of the other players competing for playing time.
Still, it didn’t change the fact that now among their offensive linemen in nine offseason practice sessions only center Eric Kush has been a constant in the starting lineup in the same position.
An odd choice, seemingly. Kush had played little in the two seasons since the Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round. The Chiefs drafted Missouri’s Mitch Morse in the second round this year to compete for that job.
Morse may eventually get a turn in the starting lineup, perhaps as soon as today’s practice. That wouldn’t change the appearance that the Chiefs are becoming more and more comfortable with the thought Kush will be their starting center in the Sept. 13 season opener against the Texans in Houston.
“Year 3 feels great," said Kush, who started one game at the end of his rookie season in 2013 when the Chiefs rested several of their starters. “It felt great before, but Year 3, it’s the third time doing this thing. Everything just seems as smooth as butter to you. You get everything locked in and I’m just ready to play some football and get out here, get some sun and have some fun.”
The Chiefs drafted Kush knowing he would need time to develop. He played at California University of Pennsylvania, a Division II school.
From the look of things, the last two years haven’t been wasted.
“He’s been in our system now for a couple years,’’ offensive line coach Andy Heck said. “He knows our calls. He knows our system. He’s been drilling our techniques for a couple years. He’s right where he needs to be.’’