By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on July 28, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs have some very interesting position battles to watch. In a few cases, established veterans are in danger of losing their starting spots to young players who have impressed the coaching staff. Not many positions are set on this team run by Andy Reid. Here are the five most exciting battles to watch during the Chiefs' training camp.
Fasano is at the top of the depth chart as of now, but Kelce could very well be the No. 1 tight end soon. Kelce missed virtually all of his rookie season in 2013, but he really turned heads during camp prior to that. If he can be as impressive in this year's camp, he could earn the top spot.
Commings has a lot in common with Kelce. He also missed almost his entire rookie season, and the coaching staff has been impressed with him too. Abdullah looks pretty good for the free safety spot, but Commings can definitely take it from him with an outstanding camp performance.
Johnson and Fulton seem to be the front-runners for the open right guard position. Fulton is a rookie and Johnson has been jumping from practice squads to reserve roles since he was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. This one is truly anyone's game, and veteran Jeff Linkenbach also has a chance of winning it.
Smith seemed like a no-brainer for a starting cornerback position, but he's been getting work with the second team while Parker works with the first team. It was assumed the move was meant as a punishment for Smith's DUI arrest, but Reid claims it was a football decision. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton even stated, "We just thought coming out of the spring, the way it shook down that the other guys were a little in front."
This one is a bit of a surprise considering Walker was supposedly the Chiefs' most significant free-agent signing from this offseason. Bailey has been getting first-team reps while Walker has been working with the second team. Bailey was impressive in his reserve role last season, but few would have predicted he would start camp ahead of Walker on the depth chart.
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