No one knows how much the lockout will add to the learning curve for rookies around the league. That includes the players themselves, including Kansas City Chiefs OL Rodney Hudson who like the rest of the team has yet to take part in any official workouts. That fact is leaving Hudson unable to know if he could handle the starting job this season.
“I’ve missed being around my (new) teammates,” he said. “That’s important, getting to know your teammates. I can’t say I’ll be ready when training camp starts because I don’t know what’s in front of me.”
“You’ve got to make the best out of what time you’re given,”
If Hudson, and there rest of the Chiefs rookies, had a normal offseason I would feel comfortable with him stepping in this season and starting at center. But he’s right, there’s no way to know how Hudson take to that sort of responsibility until he gets at least a little taste of what the NFL demands.
Kansas City could have two veterans back at center next season to help Hudson with his transition to the pros. Could is the key word. Both Casey Wiegmann and Rudy Niswanger are questions marks due to potential retirement and free agency, respectively. If is back with the Chiefs, the team will need to find another center to serve as insurance until they know Hudson is ready to get the job done.