Following the Chiefs first OTA, it was noted that incumbent starting C Rudy Niswanger was lining up with the first team offense in front of free agent pickup Casey Wiegmann. When asked about the new players brought in, head coach Todd Haley used one of his favorite words: competition.
“I know we brought in good competition, good guys, high football character guys. We kind of stayed with the M.O. we have been sticking with and I am excited about both the guys we got in free agency, Casey (Wiegmann) and Ryan (Lilja) and I am excited about the guys we got in the draft as well as some of the free agents.
“We have better competition than we had last year at this point and that is the bottom line. The more competition you can bring in at each spot, the better team you have a chance to be.”
Barring injury, there should be little drama surrounding the Chiefs offensive starters leading to the start of the season.
The locks seem to be: Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers, Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Ryan Lilja and Ryan O’Callaghan. All that leaves is FB, TE and C. Meaning we will hear plenty about how many reps Niswanger and Wiegmann get on a daily basis.
It could get interesting if third round pick Jon Asamoah impresses. Lilja and Brian Waters have more than earned their spots, but if the offensive line struggles at all they could have to look over their shoulder at the younger Asamoah. After all, Haley loves to send messages and the rookie could be his way of doing just that if needed.