Quick Hitters: Five Players to Watch in Camp

As camp Edwards begins, here are five Chiefs to keep an eye on.

5. DE Eric Hicks
A valued member of the Chiefs defense since 1999, Hicks begins his ninth season in Kansas City. Hicks enters camp as the starter at left defensive end, but he will be challenged for his job. Look for rookie Tamba Hali to push Hicks for playing time. Hicks' sack totals have dwindled since his career year in 2000, but the veteran overcame long odds to make the team as an un-drafted rookie, so don't look for him to quit anytime soon.

4. QB Damon Huard
With Todd Collins leaving via free agency, the Chiefs will look for Huard to be a capable backup to Trent Green. Huard has played in 38 NFL games, starting six. He's 5-1 as a starter, but Trent Green is no spring chicken, and the Chiefs haven't been exactly thrilled with Huard since he joined the team. Casey Printers and Brodie Croyle have been impressive and have caught the Chiefs attention. Look for Kansas City to keep four quarterbacks when they break camp. The Chiefs don't want to rush Croyle or Printers into the backup role, but if Huard doesn't perform, they might have to.

3. FB Ronnie Cruz
Cruz enters camp as the starting fullback, and baring any unforeseen acquisition, he'll keep the job. Cruz saw limited time in the Chiefs backfield last season, but will see ample duty there this season. He's a versatile back who will lead the way for Larry Johnson, and at other times he'll be the last blocker between Trent Green and a 15-yard sack. Look for Cruz to perform well this year.

2. HB Priest Holmes
The Chiefs all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdown was unable to participate in OTAs, but Holmes will likely be back with the Chiefs at some point this season. He's missed 17 games over the past two seasons, but wants to come back and play, knowing he will be a backup. The best case scenario is that Holmes sees some action during training camp and opens the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. But even though he will be out of action, any knowledge that Holmes can pass on to Larry Johnson can only make the Chiefs better.

1. CB Ty Law
By signing Law, the Chiefs have shown that they aren't fooling around. They know they have about a two-year window to win a Super Bowl. Law and Patrick Surtain give the Chiefs the most talented corners they've had since James Hasty and Dale Carter. Last season with the Jets, Law picked off 10 passes for Herman Edwards and could top that this year with the Chiefs. Watch Gunther Cunningham smile as Law's impact is felt immediately.

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