By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on April 5, 2014
With one of the youngest rosters in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs have several solid breakout candidates. With no second-round pick in this years' draft and an underwhelming free agent class, the Chiefs are going to need growth from their players for improvement in 2014.
Here are the five biggest candidates to step up with a breakout season.
Donald Stephenson performed very well as an injury fill-in last season, and he's earned the starting right tackle spot. Entering his third year, Stephenson will have the chance to prove that he can get the job done as an everyday starter.
Husain Abdullah also performed very well in his limited playing time last season, and he'll likely be in for a larger role in 2014. Even if he doesn't take over the vacant free safety spot left by Kendrick Lewis, he should still see the field significantly more often than he did in 2013.
The Chiefs probably won't want to press their luck by giving Jamaal Charles as many touches as they did in 2013, which should increase Knile Davis' role. He will also be a candidate to replace Quintin Demps as the primary kick returner. Davis compiled 321 yards and a TD in 10 returns last season.
Vance Walker is a good bet to have a career-high in sacks this season in Bob Sutton's aggressive defensive scheme. He'll be replacing Tyson Jackson at defensive end, and should get every opportunity to show what he can do as a pass rusher.
The Chiefs were hoping for a lot more production than the 541 receiving yards they got from the tight ends in 2013. Travis Kelce was looking great in training camp last year before a knee injury took him out for almost the entire season. He will be one of the biggest benefactors as Kansas City tries to make the tight end position a focal point in the receiving game again.
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