KC Chiefs: Expectations For Second Year Players

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Kansas City Chiefs guard Zach Fulton (73) – Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs took two offensive linemen in the sixth round in 2014’s draft, and they had polar opposite rookie seasons. Zach Fulton, a rookie out of Tennessee, started every game at right guard.

While he struggled at times, he had a decent rookie year and very well could be the starter for next season.

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  • Fulton’s competition during the off season will be with newly acquired free agent Paul Fanaika of the Arizona Cardinals.

    Fanaika has more experience, but Fulton showed he can be a reliable guard for the Chiefs, and that’s pretty important in deciding who should be the starter.

    Matt Verderame, formerly of Arrowhead Pride (now with our very own Arrowhead Addict), wrote in March if the Chiefs should start Fulton or Fanaika for this upcoming season.

    "If Fulton can gain leg strength, he should be the man. Four years younger and with infinitely more athleticism, Fulton has ample upside. I don’t see any reason why Fulton can’t improve and become a quality guard in this league, although don’t expect him to turn into a Pro Bowl or All-Pro player."

    I agree with Matt for sure. Fulton showed he is a solid guard and sure he had some hiccups in his first year, but that’s to be expected. Fanaika could be a nice backup at right guard.

    As for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, he’s not even a shoe in to make this season’s roster. As interesting of a prospect as he is, I don’t foresee Duvernay-Tardif making the cut for this season. I wouldn’t mind being wrong on that though, as I think he could be a decent tackle in the league. I’m just not certain that the Chiefs have the room for him.

    If LDT wasn’t put into the starting line when it was as bad as it was last year, I don’t think the odds are good for him this season.

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