KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- I’m continuing a series here looking at the key items the Kansas City Chiefs need to accomplish at training camp. The Chiefs begin a three-day rookie camp on July 29 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, with full-squad practice scheduled to begin on Aug. 1.
The Chiefs need to settle on a starting offensive line.
The Chiefs consistently shuffled their first group of offensive linemen at offseason practice, indicating they were still trying to identify their best five players. While that process may continue, at least at certain positions, they’ll need to break knowing who the starters will be.
The Chiefs have no shortage of candidates. Indeed, their offensive line depth may be the best it’s been in years. They can feel comfortable starting any of nine players. But quality could be the problem.
The Chiefs may emerge with only one starter returning from last year, that being Eric Fisher at left tackle. Otherwise, they may wind up going with one offseason acquisition, one player returning from injury and two of last season’s reserves.
Jeff Allen, who missed all but the season opener last year because of an elbow injury, is first in a long line at right guard. But before camp is finished, the Chiefs may give a look in that spot to last year’s starter Zach Fulton, second-round draft pick Mitch Morse, and 2014 draft pick Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The Chiefs also have guard Paul Fanaika, signed from the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, but he was a backup throughout the offseason.
Donald Stephenson, a backup last year, or Allen will start at right tackle.