Kansas City Chiefs: Looking at 2019 Training Camp

The Kansas City Chiefs finished with a 12-4 record last season in the AFC. They were the number one seed and Kansas City was an offside play away from reaching the Super Bowl. They had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season. Bob Sutton was fired as the defensive coordinator and they brought in Steve Spagnuolo.

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They will switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive scheme. If they can get better defense, the Chiefs could very well win the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history this upcoming season.

The offense should be very fun to watch again this season. Patrick Mahomes will obviously be the starting quarterback. Mahomes was the MVP last season and he threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.

It was only his first year as the starting quarterback. He sat behind Alex Smith for a full year before Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. This will be a very good thing for this football team in the long run.

Chad Henne will be the backup quarterback. Therefore, Chase Litton and rookies Kyle Shurmur and John Lovett will compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster.

Damien Williams will be the starting running back. He did a tremendous job filling in for Kareem Hunt last season near the end of the year. Hunt was released due to off the field issues. Carlos Hyde will be a solid second running back. Darrel Williams and rookies Darwin Thompson, Marcus Marshall, and Josh Caldwell will compete for the final two spots on the roster.

Anthony Sherman will be the starting fullback,

Tyreek Hill will not be suspended for his off the field issues. That is huge news for this team because he is their top wide receiver and Hill is very fast. Demarcus Robinson, Sammy Watkins, and rookie Mecole Hardman will make the roster as well. Hardman will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp.

Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, Byron Pringle, Davon Grayson, and rookie Felton Davis III will compete for the final two wide receiver spots on the roster.

Travis Kelce will be the starting tight end. Blake Bell and Neal Sterling will be the other two tight ends on the roster. Thus, Deon Yelder, Nick Keizer, and Neal Sterling will steal a roster spot or two.

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The projected starting offensive line will be Eric Fisher at left tackle, Cameron Erving at left guard, Austin Reiter at center, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at right guard, and Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle. Some of the key backups could include Kahlil McKenzie, rookie Nick Allegretti, Andrew Wylie, and Ryan Hunter. Pace Murphy and rookies Dino Boyd and Abdul Beecham could also snag a roster spot or two.

Alex Okafor and Frank Clark will be the starting defensive ends. Chris Jones and Derrick Nnadi will be the starting defensive tackles. Emmanuel Ogbah and Breeland Speaks will be the back up defensive ends. Xavier Williams and rookie Khalen Saunders will be the back up defensive tackles.

Dorian O’Daniel, Reggie Ragland, and Anthony Hitchens will be the starting linebackers. Darron Lee, Robert McCray, and Jeremiah Attaochu will most likely be the backup linebackers. Rookie Darius Harris will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp.

Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward, and Kendall Fuller will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. Keith Reaser, Tremon Smith, and D’Montre Wade will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster along with rookies Mark Fields, Herb Miller, Rashad Fenton, Andrew Soroh, and Dakari Monroe.

The Kansas City Chiefs upgraded at the safety position this past offseason. Tyrann Mathieu will be one of the starting safeties. In fact, he is one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL. Rookie Juan Thornhill will also be one of the other starting safeties. Jordan Lucas and Daniel Sorenson will be the backup safeties. Armani Watts and Harold Quartey-Jones could snag a roster spot or two, but the odds are they most likely won’t.

Dustin Colquitt and rookie Jack Fox will compete for the punter job. Harrison Butker will be the kicker. James Winchester will be the long snapper. Tyreek Hill will most likely be the punt returner, but rookie Mecole Hardman could see some time as the punt returner as well.

Tremon Smith will most likely be the kickoff returner.

Kansas City might be the favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIV and they could potentially win it all. The Chiefs will begin training camp on Saturday, July 27. Next, their first preseason game will be on Saturday, August 10 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs will begin the regular season on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 8.

Do you think the Kansas City Chiefs will have a successful 2019 season? Leave a comment below.

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