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Kansas City Chiefs' 7 Weakest Links Among Projected Starters

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Kansas City Chiefs' 7 Weakest Links Among Projected Starters
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No other team in the NFL aced their offseason like the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bold words about a team whose last playoff victory was so long ago that Will Smith was still the Fresh Prince? Perhaps, but few could refute Kansas City’s successful efforts to fill the gaps on their roster.

The Chiefs augmented their running game with Peyton Hillis and bought some insurance at tight end with Kevin Boss. Stanford Routt replaces Kansas City’s biggest free-agent loss and Eric Winston plugs an offensive line hole that would sink an aircraft carrier.

Kansas City did much the same in the NFL Draft. They solved their offensive line depth with Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen. And while some people (myself included) question the wisdom in valuing potential over production, Dontari Poe is a physical freak of nature who completes a defensive line of immense (though underperforming) talent.

But no team enters the season truly set at every position, and the Chiefs are no exception.

For every certain standout on the roster, Kansas City will field a player with question marks on whether they will be another reliable cog in the machine or a weakness to be exploited.

Chiefs fans can take heart this season, though. Each of these seven starting “weakest links” has a mitigating factor, a reason their shortcomings shouldn’t hold Kansas City back from returning to the playoffs and perennial prominence.

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