7 Kansas City Chiefs with the Most to Prove in 2014

Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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Several Kansas City Chiefs, for a variety of reasons, have a lot to prove in the upcoming season. In fact, the team as a whole needs to prove last season's turnaround wasn't a product of luck and a soft schedule. Here are the seven individual players with the most to prove in 2014.

7. LB Joe Mays

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7. LB Joe Mays

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Mays is the new kid on the block joining one of the best linebacker crews in the league. With Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the field, Mays could be the weak spot opposing offenses intend to target.

6. QB Tyler Bray

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6. QB Tyler Bray

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The Chiefs currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, and if the team plans on cutting one, Bray would be the most likely suspect. Thus far in OTAs, the young developmental prospect has been looking great, giving the Chiefs good reason to consider keeping all four QBs.

5. QB Alex Smith

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5. QB Alex Smith

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Smith is currently in negotiations with the front office for a contract extension. Whether a deal is done before the season or not, there will be a lot of pressure on him to prove he is worth the roughly $ 15 million per season he's projected to get.

4. CB Marcus Cooper

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4. CB Marcus Cooper

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As a rookie last season, Cooper had an incredibly hot start to his career that took a steep dive in the second half of the season. With Brandon Flowers gone, Cooper is now in line to be a starter. If he doesn't look more like the player the Chiefs saw early on in 2013, Cooper could find himself falling down the depth chart fast.

3. CB Sean Smith

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3. CB Sean Smith

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Smith's DUI arrest in the offseason could not have come at a worse time. He is by far the best corner for the Chiefs now that Flowers is gone, and the team can't afford to have him miss any time if his punishment calls for it when the case is settled. Regardless, he needs to be at the top of his game every second he is on the field in 2014.

2. LT Eric Fisher

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2. LT Eric Fisher

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Fisher had an underwhelming start to his career in 2013, but he did show some improvement as the season went along. He'll be moving to the left side this season, filling some big shoes left by Branden Albert. The Chiefs need the former No. 1 overall draft pick to start reaching his potential as soon as possible.

1. Every Returning Wide Receiver

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1. Every Returning Wide Receiver

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The Chiefs' receivers were the least productive crew in the league last season. Jamaal Charles actually led the team in receiving with 70 receptions and 693 yards. Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins are all returning wideouts, and they all need to pick it up in 2014. The Chiefs are going to need to score often, and it's on the receiving corps to give Charles and Alex Smith a little more help than they did in 2013.


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