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5 Kansas City Chiefs Players Who Must Show Improvement in 2014

5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Must Do Better in 2014

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The Kansas City Chiefs have lost a lot of key pieces in the offseason and haven't had enough money to replace them. On top of that, the 2014 schedule is going to be a lot tougher than last season. If the Chiefs hope to make another run to the playoffs, they'll be dependent on several players stepping up.

5. OT Eric Fisher

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5. OT Eric Fisher

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Fisher will have some big shoes to fill replacing Branden Albert over on the left side. He started to pick things up after a disappointing start to 2013, and the Chiefs will need him to keep progressing.

4. WR Donnie Avery

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4. WR Donnie Avery

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Avery was disappointing as the Chiefs' No. 2 last season, and if he doesn't improve, he could lose playing time to one of the young prospects. Outside of Dwayne Bowe and Avery, the Chiefs' remaining receivers have next to no experience. It would be nice if Kansas City could count on the vet instead of having to gamble on so many inexperienced receivers.

3. WR Dwayne Bowe

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3. WR Dwayne Bowe

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Bowe was even more disappointing than Avery last season, but his chemistry with Alex Smith got much stronger toward the end of the season. The Chiefs are going to need to score and score often in 2014, and Bowe needs to be a big part of making that happen.

2. CB Marcus Cooper

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2. CB Marcus Cooper

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Cooper moved in the opposite direction of Bowe last season, starting very strong and collapsing toward the end of the season. The release of Brandon Flowers has put Cooper in position to be a starter. The second-year corner needs to be the player he was in the first half of the 2013 season or the Chiefs could be in serious trouble.

1. CB Sean Smith

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1. CB Sean Smith

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Smith's disappointing 2013 performance carried into the offseason with a DUI charge. Now that Flowers is gone, he's the best and most experienced corner on the team. He'll be up against the opposing team's top receivers. The Chiefs desperately need Smith to get his act together and improve on the field.