5 Kansas City Chiefs Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

5 Kansas City Chiefs Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

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With an incredibly tough schedule in the upcoming season, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to need several players to step up. There are a number of guys who will have much better opportunities to prove they can do it this season compared to past seasons. Here are five Chiefs who can make or break their careers in 2014.

5. OT Donald Stephenson

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5. OT Donald Stephenson

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Stephenson filled in beautifully last season when Branden Albert and Eric Fisher sat out due to injuries. In 2014 he will be the man at right tackle from the get-go. This season will be his first opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be an everyday starter.

4. FS Husain Abdullah

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4. FS Husain Abdullah

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Abdullah was a big playmaker in his oddly small amount of playing time last season, but the good news is, he has the coaching staff's attention now. Though it's hardly set in stone, coach Andy Reid has stated Abdullah is viewed as the starting free safety as of now. Abdullah will have to stay ahead of the pack throughout training camp and play at high level throughout the season to keep his promotion.

3. WR A.J. Jenkins

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3. WR A.J. Jenkins

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The coaching staff likes Jenkins' raw abilities, but he is not the only wide receiver project on the Chiefs with promise. Kansas City will also likely pick up another player at the position in the draft. If Jenkins doesn't want to be a former first-round bust, he will have to realize his potential and prove himself sooner rather than later.

2. WR Weston Dressler

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2. WR Weston Dressler

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Dressler is another wide receiver project who could also be a candidate to replace Dexter McCluster as punt returner. 2014 will be the 28-year-old's first shot at an NFL job, and he needs to show that he's capable of repeating his CFL success in Kansas City. Dressler's one-year contract has no guaranteed money, giving the Chiefs the ability to cut him with no financial consequences.

1. CB Marcus Cooper

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1. CB Marcus Cooper

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Cooper looked like a possible Rookie of the Year candidate during the Chiefs' 9-0 run to start 2013, but his level of play took a steep drop-off after that. The coaching staff will not be able to leave him on the field very long if he gets burned the way he did as 2013 wound down. Cooper will have to show early and often that he is capable of being the player they saw early last season and that it wasn't just a case of beginner's luck.


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