The Kansas City Chiefs have started Training Camp with their rookies and quarterbacks. Here are the Top Ten rookies that Chiefs fans should be keeping their eyes on this year.
As the Kansas City Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks get underway with Training Camp, it’s time for us to take a closer look at the new youngsters that will be the future of the franchise. Every NFL player starts his career as a rookie, but of course not all rookies work out.
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In recent years the Chiefs have gotten quite a bit of contribution from their rookies. That speaks to the job that John Dorsey has done in the NFL Draft and through Undrafted Free Agents (UDFAs). Kansas City has had plenty of talent in recent years, so to get early contributors like that is very impressive.
In 2013 Eric Fisher, though he struggled in a big way, became the every day starter at right tackle. He was not alone though, as running back Knile Davis also made an impact on both the offense and in Special Teams. On the other side of the ball defensive back Marcus Cooper, who was claimed off of waivers, took over the starting cornerback spot for an injured Brandon Flowers.
2014 saw an even bigger impact from rookies. DeAnthony Thomas made the highlight reels right away with his big play and punt return ability. UDFA Albert Wilson would come on late in the year to take over the #2 wide receiver spot and put Donnie Avery to shame. On defense it was Philip Gaines coming in at cornerback to help a struggling Marcus Cooper.
Most recently in 2015 we saw another rookie cornerback make his mark in Marcus Peters. Wide receiver Chris Conley and tight end James O’Shaughnessy both showed some promise for the future. Meanwhile, Mitch Morse filled in admirably for the departed Rodney Hudson.
You can find others who have stepped in as well, but those players stand out which says more than enough for their work. That kind of early production is definitely a gold star for John Dorsey and his scouting department, as well as the various coaches on the field.
So who can we expect to step up this year?
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