Though the Kansas City Chiefs certainly have some looming question marks when it comes to finding a pass rush without a healthy Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, there are plenty of positives in camp so far in camp that could offset some of those concerns.
S Daniel Sorensen – With the Eric Berry saga still in the depths of despair, the third year safety from Brigham Young, will slide into a starters role on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks. Sorenson has flashed some good moments the last two years in a Chiefs uniform. Now he has to take on a starters role, and further fill in Berry’s talented cleats, to give the Chiefs comfort they can survive a long holdout should this impasse stretch into week ten of the regular season.
S/CB Eric Murray – Another member of the Chiefs 2016 draft class, Murray was moved from cornerback to safety. At the University of Minnesota, he flashed a range of on the field that gives the Chiefs defensive coaches, optimism he can play safety at the NFL level. Though he’s a rookie, Murray has enough athleticism to make a successful transition to safety – again giving the Chiefs another long term option at the strong safety position.
QB Tyler Bray – Once the Chiefs signed Quarterback, Nick Foles to be the team’s primary back-up behind, Alex Smith the former Tennessee standout has been rock solid in training camp. Now that does NOT insure he’ll be on the 2016 Chiefs roster. Instead, it allows the Chiefs to feature Bray in this weekend’s game against Seattle to promote a trade. Bray still has the best arm in camp, and that alone should inspire some trade interest, especially if he plays well this weekend.
WR Tyreek Hill – I don’t want to sound repetitive on this kid but Hill has been the darling of Chiefs training camp so far. All I’m going to say is that Hill has the potential to become DeSean Jackson in a Chiefs uniform.
LB Justin March – I’m just going to pencil him in as a starter next to Derrick Johnson on opening day against the San Diego Chargers. His range, play making ability and understanding of the defense, surpasses that of injured and incumbent starter, Josh Mauga and it’s not even close.
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches – Along with rookie Chris Jones the Kansas City Chiefs have a formidable back-up situation on the interior of their defensive line. With Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard firmly sitting atop the depth chart, the emergence of Nunez-Roches in camp is a pleasant surprise for the defensive prospects this season. His growth from a year ago as a player is impressive.
WR Chris Conley – My question before camp in regards to Conley was if he’d be able to grow into a starter in year two of his NFL journey. Though he had flashes, I want to see Conley take over the starters role from Albert Wilson. So far, he’s done a solid job establishing himself as a potential starter opposite Jeremy Maclin and has performed better than Wilson. That point aside, Conley is going to be pushed by veteran, Rod Streater and that’s only going to make him a better overall player.
T Zach Sterup – Though a long shot NFL project, the fact he’s already been elevated to Eric Fishers’ back-up, the young Nebraska standout has shown some abilities in camp. At 6’7”, he has the size Head Coach, Andy Reid covets. To date, he and Jah Reid are the best of the tackle back-ups, but that could change if a veteran offensive lineman hits the waiver wire. Either way I’m looking forward to watching Stirrup play left tackle against Seattle. If he’s decent, perhaps his upcoming performances preventing him from becoming a practice squad candidate in September.