SSJ's Top 5 questions heading into Chiefs Training Camp

Jul 28, 2016 -- 6:10pm

By Steven St. John

 

1)      Will Eric Berry show up?

I don't think he will and I really don't think it's a big deal if Berry doesn't practice in St. Joseph. However, Andy Reid will be asked about Berry 722 times during camp, so sheer repetition alone makes it the top question.

2)      Who will win the back-up quarterback battle?

Will it be Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, Kevin Hogan or NICK FOLES? HEY, JAKE! NICK FOLES IS AVAILABLE! I don't know if the Chiefs are actually interested in Foles, but I really want them to be interested in him. Then, I could hear Jake call for Alex Smith to be benched every single day for the rest of the season, regardless of his performance.

3)      How will Andy Reid utilize Jamaal Charles?

Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware proved they can get the job done last season, but you can't turn your back on a healthy Charles. I think Charles can be used more often as a receiver with West as a change of pace and Ware as a short yardage hammer. If all three backs stay healthy, the Chiefs should be able to run fresh legs at opposing defenses all season long.

4)      Can the defense mount a consistent pass rush without Justin Houston?

Hopefully, Houston will be back sooner than later, but the Chiefs must prepare to play without him, just in case of a setback. I love the addition of 2nd round pick Chris jones to the defensive line. I think he will have an immediate impact. But, Tamba Hali needs to show he still has plenty of gas left in the tank because stopping him will be a focal point of opposing offenses until Houston returns..

bMarcus Peters is a stud, but the Chiefs are still waiting to find out if Gaines and Steven Nelson, former 3rd round picks, can be consistent contributors in the secondary. Kansas City also drafted KeiVarae Russell (3rd), Eric Murray (4th), and D.J. White (6th) this year, so they have certainly thrown numbers at the situation. Murray has been working at safety, but he could still see some time at corner. This will be a very interesting battle to watch in camp.

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