The Chiefs offseason program is now underway in Kansas City and there are plenty of players that will have to prove themselves all over again. KCChiefs.com’s Josh Looney points out two that will look to distinguish themselves between now and training camp.
A player like G Colin Brown is a perfect example. Here’s a player who the Chiefs brass were excited to develop as a rookie coming out of Missouri last summer. Brown began as a tackle and then moved to guard for a short time before suffering a knee injury. Brown is now ready to go and you can bet that he’ll be evaluated day-in and day-out as to where he fits on this roster. That evaluation was diminished dramatically a year ago.
Then there’s the case of TE Brad Cottam. His high hopes to earn the starting tight end job came crashing down in training camp last year. He found himself third on the depth chart and inactive for a handful of games before finally working his way back to the game field, little by little. Late in the season, Cottam turned that promise into in-game production before ultimately suffering a neck injury as he stretched for a first down and extra yardage.
Will Brown impress? Can Cottam continue his ascension as he continues to rehab the injury in the process? These are just two of the many storylines that begin their 2010 chapter today.
No leaf will be left unturned as the Chiefs begin their journey towards the 2010 season. The workouts are voluntary, but the majority of the squad is expected to show and participate in the program. Things are in motion behind the scenes, and even though this day isn’t a headline maker, it’s the start of what leads to headlines in the fall.
Unlike last season, the Chiefs should be able to develop Brown at the bottom of the depth chart thanks to the stability that Ryan Lilja and Casey Wiegmann should deliver. Last year with all the moving parts, the Chiefs would have had trouble keeping him on the roster if he were healthy.
Cottam, on the other hand, will have another chance to claim the starting TE spot if his neck allows him. Depending on which way the Chiefs go in the draft, tight end is wide open and Cottam looked the part of a potential offensive threat when he was injured.