By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on July 12, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs lost several key players to free agency, and didn't have the cap space to replace them all. This, along with some weaknesses that were exposed last season, has created some opportunities for players to move up the depth chart. Here are five players who could be surprise starters before all is said and done for the 2014 season.
This may not seem like much of a surprise, considering Abdullah is the front runner to replace Kendrick Lewis at free safety. That said, many believe Sanders Commings will win the job eventually, and I believe Abdullah will have no problem holding him off.
Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery were very disappointing last season, which should leave the coaching staff open to giving someone else a shot if they struggle again this year. Jenkins has shown a lot of potential and he could be the man for the job. Junior Hemingway and DeAnthony Thomas could also steal some snaps, but I like Jenkins as a breakout candidate best.
Jeff Linkenbach is currently the frontrunner to take over at right guard, but Fulton's could realize his potential fast and win the job. The rookie started 40 games in his career at Tennessee and Kansas City's coaching staff likes what they've seen from him so far.
Kelce has shown immense potential, both as a blocker, and a pass catcher. If he could stay healthy and realize his potential, Kelce could definitely take over for Anthony Fasano as the starting tight end.
It doesn't matter if Houston and Hali are ahead of him or not, if Ford can get to the quarterback, he'll be on the field. Houston's holdout, and the fact both Hali and Houston missed significant time to injuries last season could also open the door for Ford. Regardless, the Chiefs need to get to the quarterback, and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will make room for Ford if he's as good as the front office believes he can be.
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