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Pleasant Surprises

Here are 3 Chiefs who could make unexpected contributions

Ryan Witkowski
June 13, 2018 - 5:02 pm

With OTAs in the books and mandatory mini-camp in full swing, I wanted to toss out a few guys that could turn out to be pleasant surprises for the 2018 Chiefs. These are guys that we might have low expectations for but could wind up making nice contributions. 

Spencer Ware - While we're all busy talking about the sophomore season for Kareem Hunt, some lose sight of the guy whose injury gave way to the eventual NFL rushing leader last season. Hunt dominated the touches last year, snaring 272 of the team's 405 rushing attempts. The next closest Chief was Alex Smith with 60. Now, how much of that was a product of injury and will that trend will continue? That's kind of a mystery. Also, it's easy to assume that the passing game will dominate the offensive attack - the addition of Sammy Watkins coupled with the start of the Mahomes era could lead you to conclude this - but the presence of Offensive Coordinator and former RBs coach Eric Bieniemy makes you wonder if this attack could be more balanced than some think. Ware has shown his ability to be a 3-down type of back before and could prove to be a valuable asset as a spell for Hunt or in the event of an injury. 

 

Chris Conley - At best he is the fourth receiving option for the Chiefs, but Conley is at an interesting point in his career. Not only is he coming off of an achilles injury that cut short what could have been a breakout opportunity last season, he's also entering into the final year of his contract. For a guy who has struggled to find a real role in the Chiefs offense, this will be a "prove it" type season for Conley.  

Armani Watts  - I guess this one all depends on your expectations for the rookie. He'll be competing for a starting spot, and I expect he'll get it. The guy can hit and will bring a toughness to a defense that lacked that following the loss of Eric Berry last season. Thinking of the two of them together on the field is a scary proposition for opposing offenses. Speaking of EB, when Watts first met the media here in KC, he said of Berry, “Oh, man, one of the best to play the game. It’s going to be real humbling. I’ll get under his wing and learn.” Yeah, I'm pretty excited for Watts. 

 

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