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What Does Spencer Ware’s Return Do To Kareem Hunt’s Upside? - It was only two years ago where Spencer Ware rushed for over 900 yards on 200 rushing attempts. Ware is just 26 years old, and is in a contract year. Ware tore his PCL and LCL last season, which opened the door for Hunt to become one of the league’s best backs. Charcandrick West has been the number two back, but was more of a change of pace guy. Ware is a bruiser at his size, and could be called upon in the red zone at times if needed. It will be interesting to see if Ware and even West chip in enough to derail some upside for Hunt.
What Will Patrick Mahomes Bring To Kansas City? - After a handful of years with a conservative Alex Smith under center, things are going to open up in Kansas City quite a bit. Mahomes has a strong arm, and he is not afraid to use it. This is going to open the door for high upside plays, but also going to raise turnovers given Mahomes aggression. Tyreek Hill stands a good chance to hit on some deep plays, while Travis Kelce will see similar numbers. With this defense not being as good as prior seasons, Mahomes is going to have more on his plate. This offense will look a little different, but Andy Reid is still going to have a similar game plan.
Will Sammy Watkins Gain Traction In Kansas City? - Sammy Watkins was drafted to the Buffalo Bills, which is not going to due any receiver any favors these days. Watkins was picked fourth overall, and has struggled for the most part to live up to that hype. Watkins played last season with the Rams, and while he did catch eight touchdowns, he only had 593 receiving yards and 39 receptions. Watkins does not exactly walk into a large volume role given Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and a good running game are around him. It is likely that Watkins posts another mediocre season, and heading into age 26, time is running out for the former Clemson Tiger.
Can Andy Reid Mask Another Mediocre Offensive Line? - Andy Reid is an efficient play caller, and has often leaned towards the more balance playbook. Reid is dealing with a mediocre line and also a very bad defense. Things are going to be a little different this year for Reid. He has the playmakers to be able to mask an offensive line, which is going to be the idea. The Chiefs have a tough schedule on their hands, especially with defenses. This might be a tough task to do in 2018, but we can’t put it past Reid do get the job done. He will likely rely on Hunt and Hill mostly.
Are The Better Defensive Days Behind The Chiefs? - The Chiefs were a middle of the road defense last season, and traded Marcus Peters over to the Rams. Eric Berry is the only bright spot of this defense right now, as the aging stars are looking more and more like old news. The Chiefs allowed 4.3 yards per carry and 12.6 yards per completion. Heading into 2018 there has been more subtraction than addition, and that is not a good thing. It is one of the reasons why many are high on Mahomes with the likely shootouts and games where they are chasing from behind. The Chiefs will be battling with Oakland for worst defense in the division.