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There is a thread for general training camp news, but this one will be for head-to-head battles. I'll launch it with a headline.

If you could pick just one, which Chiefs position battle would you watch? Matt says RG, Ron says LB.

For me it's RT. Lucas Niang and Mike Remmers can both make a good case. Remmers had problems in the Super bowl, but he was at LT. He did very well at the other bookend. Niang is a beast in waiting. The only question is how long he has to wait.

At LG I think the team gives LDT the start for loyalty's sake. It seems it is inevitable that an injury comes, at which point Trey Smith is going to be ready. LB is not so much a position battle as who goes where. The battle will be for snap count.


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PFF picked three positions per team. There are the ones they have for the Chiefs. Realistically, only RT is a battle for the position. The other two are for playing time. 



The Chiefs are one Tyreek Hill injury away from having very questionable depth at wide receiver. The Athletic’s Nate Taylor wrote in early July that Hardman is expected to take on the WR2 role previously held by Sammy Watkins. Hardman’s targets have led to success (132.2 passer rating when targeted since 2019) to this point, but it remains to be seen how that translates in a different role.

Robinson and Pringle are the favorites to pick up snaps behind Hill and Hardman. However, Powell also has a chance to carve out a role as a rookie. One of his pros coming out of Clemson was that he was NFL-ready as a complementary piece, and that’s exactly what the Chiefs need.


Remmers had a rough go at left tackle in Kansas City’s Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was solid throughout the year at right tackle in relief of Mitchell Schwartz. His 75.9 PFF grade at right tackle in 2020 ranked 13th at the position among qualifiers. Remmers isn’t a bad option as the fourth- or fifth-best offensive lineman in the starting lineup. And he’s the safer bet to start the year at right tackle than Niang, the Chiefs’ third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft who will be returning from opting out.


Hitchens has the benefit of experience and seniority in the competition for snaps at linebacker. His performance over the past three seasons signals that his starting spot is far from secure, though. Hitchens has failed to record a single-season PFF grade higher than 50.0 since joining the Chiefs in 2018.

Gay and Bolton are (hopefully) the future of the position in Kansas City, bringing different skill sets to the table. Gay is a rare athlete at his size who has shown good feel in coverage in limited playing time, while Bolton has the instincts and physicality to quickly become an impact player in the middle of the Chiefs' defense.


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Hardman as our WR2 will be a disaster. This guy isn’t made of the right stuff and will lose us at least 1 game this year if we depend on him as a starter.

Remember I said WR is lowkey our biggest need all offseason. Tyreek has a small frame hes not going to get more durable as these years go on.

at least Powell and Gray sound legit so far

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What these stories do not understand is that neither Hardman nor Watkins was WR2 last season. That was Robinson. Hardman will replace Watkins as the second outside receiver. We will see if he grows into that role. Third season has been the real start of many WR careers. The interesting part of that PT battle is where and how often Powell plays. They are already talking about how smart he is and how quick he gets things.

The Remmers and Niang duel is also interesting, because Remmers was a good RT. That said, Niang was a late 1st round talent who was discounted by an injury. He's had a whole year to learn our system and how NFL plays the game. He'll start this year, though not necessarily out of camp.

Clyde looked really good last season until Osemele was injured. Add more familiarity with the passing game and he's someone I am targeting in fantasy.


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We are starting to get to it. Here is an article going through some of the camp battles. They choose RG, LDE, LB, WR2, CB2, backup RB.

RG - With Kyle Long injured, this comes down to LDT and rookie Trey Smith. 
LDE - Who plays opposite Frank Clark? Alex Okafor is the only proven player--Danna is 2nd year, Taco is a specialist, and Kaindoh is a rookie. The darkhorse is Tim Ward. 
WR2 - This is a misnomer. In 2020 the top WR after Tyreek Hill was Demarcus Robinson. He's back, so the question is who gets Sammy Watkins' snaps.
LB - This is more who will play where. Hitchens is the veteran, but a lot of draft capital has been invested in Willie Gay and Nick Bolton. More often than not, only two will play. 
CB2 - Again, this is a misnomer. The top two CB are Ward and Sneed. The question is, who plays boundary (outside) and who plays slot. In addition to 3rd year Chief Rashad Fenton, the team has brought in two former 1st round picks, Mike Hughes and Deandre Baker. This is suddenly a deep unit. 
Backup RB - This comes down to whether Darwin Thompson or Derrick Gore can make the 53 man roster. Thompson is a good ST player and Gore turned heads during OTAs.


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