The 5 Biggest Kansas City Chiefs Rumors Before Training Camp

The 5 Biggest Kansas City Chiefs Rumors Before Training Camp

Knile Davis
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Attempting to follow up a nine-win turnaround from 2012 to 2013 with more success this fall won't be easy for the Kansas City Chiefs, especially with what looks to be a more difficult schedule. Nevertheless, optimism abounds in Kansas City after the club's first postseason trip since 2010. Here are five noteworthy rumors regarding the team days away from training camp.

5. Rookie Zach Fulton in Position to Steal Starting RG Job

Zach Fulton
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5. Rookie Zach Fulton in Position to Steal Starting RG Job

Zach Fulton
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Jeff Linkenbach is the favorite, no doubt, but sixth-round pick Zach Fulton emerged as a real candidate for the opening at right guard this spring. Fulton was sprinkled in on the first team throughout OTAs, splitting time with Linkenbach and Rishaw Johnson. The Chiefs are desperate for offensive line help after losing Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz in free agency, so expect the most consistent lineman during camp to start.

4. Heavy Does of Two-Tight End Sets on Horizon

Anthony Fasano
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4. Heavy Does of Two-Tight End Sets on Horizon

Anthony Fasano
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Injuries to Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce limited how often Kasas City could utilize two-tight end sets in 2013. Now that both are healthy entering training camp, expect formations that utilize both to become a staple of the Chiefs' offense. Fasano is primarily a blocker, but possesses enough athleticism to factor into the passing game as well, while Kelce is unproven, but has upside as a blocker and pass catcher.

3. Knile Davis Primed for Larger Role

Knile Davis
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3. Knile Davis Primed for Larger Role

Knile Davis
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In an effort to keep star running back Jamaal Charles fresh throughout the year, the Chiefs are expected to elevate Knile Davis' workload in 2014. A third-round pick last April, Davis only accumulated 70 carries as a rookie, but has the talent to emerge as a change-of-pace back for Kansas City. With a 28-pound edge over Charles, Davis could acquire more short-yardage looks this fall.

2. Justin Houston Expected to End Holdout

Justin Houston
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2. Justin Houston Expected to End Holdout

Justin Houston
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After 11.0 sacks in only 11 games last year, which was preceded by a 10.0-sack performance in 2013, Justin Houston sat out workouts this offseason, protesting for a new deal. All indications are, however, that Houston will report to training camp -- new deal or not. Expect the Chiefs to still work diligently attempting to extend Houston, though. At only 25 years old, Houston should be a building block in Kansas City.

1. Dwayne Bowe in Best Shape of Career

Dwayne Bowe
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1. Dwayne Bowe in Best Shape of Career

Dwayne Bowe
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Dwayne Bowe's phenomenal 2010 campaign, in which he recorded 15 touchdown receptions, seems like ages ago. He hasn't sniffed 1,000 yards since 2011 and has only found the endzone 13 times since his aforementioned breakout season. He's still immensely talented, though. In an effort to return to form, Bowe has dropped over 10 pounds this offseason. Bowe reportedly "looked great" during OTAs, according to the Kansas City Star.


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