Last year’s Chiefs offense took some time to get fired up (minus Jamaal Charles of course, he’s always fired up), but once Alex Smith got used to his offensive weapons, ooh boy things got fun! The team put up 56 points against the Oakland Raiders in week 15 including five touchdown passes for Smith and five receiving/rushing touchdowns for Charles.
Here is the current starting lineup for the Kansas City Chiefs offense:
QB – Alex Smith
RB – Jamaal Charles
WR – Donnie Avery
WR – Dwayne Bowe
TE – Anthony Fasano
FB – Anthony Sherman
LT – Eric Fisher
LG – Jeff Allen
C – Rodney Hudson
RG – Zach Fulton*
RT – Donald Stephenson
Interesting things to take away with the offense is that sixth rounder Zach Fulton has been penciled into the starting lineup. We had heard that Fulton was impressing the Chiefs organization so it’s not too surprising to see him starting at right guard for the first preseason game of the year.
The rest of the lineup isn’t too surprising, but is definitely subject to change.
“Rookie fourth-rounder De’Anthony Thomas, who has had an excellent camp, is getting the nod at third-team running back ahead of Cyrus Gray. Gray brings value as a special teamer but Thomas’ surprising ability to handle some carries as a traditional running back could make it difficult for him to make the team.”
Behind Avery and Bowe are A.J. Jenkins and Junior Hemingway, which isn’t stunning in the least bit. The Chiefs were criticized for not picking up a wide receiver in the draft or during free agency, but Jenkins and Hemingway are the most talented guys aside from Avery and Bowe so this call makes sense.
Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and Richard Gordon are the tight ends behind Anthony Fasano (in that order too), which was highly speculated as what would happen. It’s interesting to think what the order might have looked like had Sean McGrath not announced his retirement last weekend.
Sixth round draft choice Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the third left guard on the roster behind Allen and Jeff Linkenbach.