Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Preview

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There will be no shortage of competition for the Kansas City Chiefs on the offensive line in Training Camp. That could mean any number of things, so don’t read too much into it. However, that much competition could end up giving the Chiefs some options in how they choose to move forward. You can never have too many good offensive linemen.

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Mike Person – 7th Year

As it stands, I would give Mike Person the best shot at making the Chiefs roster out of this group. The veteran lineman has bounced around the league in his seven years, though he hasn’t seen much game time. However, a guy who has moved around the way he has can be a quality backup simply because they’ve seen so much.

Damien Mama – Rookie

One of my favorite draft prospects of this past year was USC guard Damien Mama. The big man struggled with some injuries and didn’t regain his form last year. However, he has a very high ceiling thanks largely to his tremendous size. If he can get back to where he once was, the Chiefs may have a steal on their hands.

Isaiah Battle – 2nd Year

Supplemental draft picks seldom work out, and that was the case with the Rams and Isaiah Battle. Despite several injuries to the starters, Battle couldn’t earn any playing time, ultimately getting cut. I don’t expect him to make a mark in Kansas City.

Joseph Cheek – 1st Year

While he has the mobility for the Chiefs offense, there is a major concern that Joseph Cheek simply can’t hold his own against NFL linemen. He was an undrafted free agent in 2016, and is just trying to find his way onto an NFL practice squad at this point. He’s got a shot at that in KC, but not a great one.

Jordan Devey – 4th Year

A waiver claim for the Chiefs last year, Jordan Devey found a home on the practice squad. He’s got some decent experience, having spent time with the Patriots early in his career. The Chiefs brought him back this year, so that probably means he’s got a good chance to compete for a spot. We’ll see where that gets him.

Donald Hawkins – 4th Year

Now on his 8th team in four years, I’m not going to hold out much hope for Donald Hawkins making this roster. However, you never know when a guy will put it all together. Hawkins hasn’t gotten any playing time, but he’s definitely learned a lot of different offenses.

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Josh James – 1st Year

He is definitely a long shot, but Josh James may be able to crack the Chiefs roster. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I knew much of anything about him. James was an undrafted free agent for the Packers last year, but was cut due to injury before the season began. The fact they didn’t bring him back probably says a lot.

Andrew Tiller – 5th Year

Yet another journeyman with little game day experience, Andrew Tiller actually spent some time splitting snaps with Jordan Devey in San Francisco last year. What exactly does that mean? Well, not much since the 49ers didn’t keep either one of them around.

Bryan Witzmann – 3rd Year

Another player being brought back from the 2016 practice squad, Bryan Witzmann will have to show the Chiefs that he’s improved. Kansas City is showing their willingness to work with guys they’ve had on the practice squad, so it stands to reason that one of them could make this roster. Will it be Witzmann though?

All in all, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line looks to be in very good shape for the 2017 season. The Chiefs should have a lot of continuity with this group, and if they can stay healthy, that will mean trouble for opposing defenses. This unit has the possibility of being the best on the Chiefs roster.