By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 1, 2014
There is no shortage of big names on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster. The team had nine Pro Bowl selections last season, though Brandon Flowers, Branden Albert and Dexter McCluster have all hit the road. Still, there are plenty of great players on staff who are vital to the Chiefs' 2014 success. Here are the five players Kansas City will need the most on game day.
Poe is one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He's a great run stuffer, and every opposing quarterback has to respect his ability to bust right through the middle. He's also on the field for an unusually high amount of snaps for a player of his size.
Johnson is a great leader and tremendous playmaker. He can do it all and has an unmatched ability to sniff out plays. Johnson's career interception total might be tripled if he had any hands, but regardless, he is all over the place for the Chiefs.
Kansas City desperately needs Berry to stay healthy this season. The secondary that crumbled down the stretch of 2013 lost its best corner in Brandon Flowers. Though Berry was used in a lot of blitzing packages in 2013, the Chiefs will be dependent on his talents in coverage for the upcoming season.
Charles accounted for almost 37 percent of the Chiefs' offense in 2013. On top of his rushing statistics, he led Kansas City in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Charles is one of the NFL's greatest playmakers, and he's never averaged less than 5.0 yards per carry in any season. The Chiefs will be hurting big time if he's not in the lineup.
There's a good argument to put Charles at No. 1 on this list, but I believe the Chiefs' chances of winning go down more with Smith out of the lineup than Charles. With Kansas City's inexperienced offensive line, Smith's underrated ability to make plays and buy time under pressure will be needed. His experience, intelligence and intangibles are absolutely vital to any success the Chiefs hope to have in the upcoming season.
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