Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

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The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off their 2017 Training Camp on July 28th. Between now and then, we will break down all of the upcoming position battles. We finish up the offense with the big men in the trenches, the offensive line.

Fans often think back wistfully to the Kansas City Chiefs teams of the early 2000s that featured a dominant offensive line. A line that featured two Hall of Famers (and one likely to soon be), that group helped pave the way for one of the best offenses in team history. However, as we get closer to Training Camp 2017, it’s important to note the group the Chiefs have today isn’t too shabby either.

Now, I’m not calling any of these guys Hall of Fame players yet. However, there is some potential there. At the very least, this unit has proven themselves to be one of the better offensive fronts in the league.

Perhaps the biggest advantage the Chiefs have is that they are returning all of their starters from last year. Eric Fisher, Parker Ehinger, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and Mitchell Schwartz are all back in 2017. On top of that, KC also returns Zach Fulton who started much of last year, and Jah Reid who saw starting time in 2015.

In fact, the Chiefs have all of their starting offensive line under contract through the 2018 season. That is a huge burden off the shoulders of the front office and coaching staff. There is no reason why Kansas City shouldn’t have plenty of continuity with this group moving forward.

Stability on the offensive line is a definite plus in the NFL. That is especially true in this day and age when quality offensive linemen have become much harder to find. The fact that the Chiefs have a full starting five, plus a pair of solid bakups is nearly unheard of in today’s NFL.