By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on June 10, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs lost more than they gained in the offseason, leaving a few interesting question marks for the 2014 season. Some Kansas City players will face some new challenges that could give them a tough time. The five most likely starters to face struggles will do so for a variety of reasons.
Succop has some pressure to bounce back after one of his worst seasons in 2013. The former Mr. Irrelevant hit just 78.6 percent of his field goals and missed a game-winning 41-yard attempt against the San Diego Chargers that sent their divisional rivals to the playoffs.
Fasano is going to have trouble keeping his starting job in 2014. Not only did injuries hit him hard last season, but he is facing stiff competition from exciting young tight ends Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris.
Mays is a solid player, but he will be the weak link among the Chiefs' linebackers. With Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston as part of the crew, opposing offenses will likely look to pick on Mays. Again, he is not a bad player, but if there's a soft spot in the linebacker crew, it's him.
Avery showed flashes of a solid No. 2 receiver last season, with three games in which he managed at least 91 receiving yards. Outside of that he never topped 38 yards in a game. Like Fasano, Avery is another player who is in danger of losing his starting spot. Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins are the most likely to take over if he doesn't improve.
Fisher had serious struggles in his rookie season last year but picked up the slack a bit in the last few games. He had offseason hernia and shoulder surgeries that have kept him out of OTAs to date. Add the fact that he's moving from right tackle to left, and Fisher has as many obstacles to overcome as anyone on the team.
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