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Missing Pieces the Kansas City Chiefs Could Still Get

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 27: Players for the Kansas City Chiefs gather on the field to pray for Cameron Sheffield who suffered an injury during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Arrowhead Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJune 3, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs fans have labeled this offseason as one of the more productive offseasons they can recall in recent memory.

Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was successful by bringing in several pieces on offense to help Matt Cassel rebound in 2012. He helped the Chiefs' 11th-ranked defense by recruiting a couple of players to make Kansas City finish in the top 10 in total defense this season.

But is it possible that the Chiefs can do more to make their roster stronger going into the regular season? Perhaps after some preseason cuts, the Chiefs may be able to address a couple of holes before facing the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 9.

 

1. Starting Fullback

If the NFL season were to begin today, Shane Bannon would likely be Kansas City's best option to start at fullback now that Le'Ron McClain is with the San Diego Chargers.

Right now, Bannon and rookie Taylor Gentry are the only fullbacks on the team. Both players are trying to impress offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before the team puts together the final 53-man roster. But could the Chiefs find themselves wanting more after the preseason?

A lot can happen from now until September. If Bannon does not have a good preseason, the Chiefs may seek a fullback, as several will be available after the final preseason contest.

 

2. More Pass-Rushers

Tamba Hali is one of the better outside linebackers and pass-rushers in the league today.

Justin Houston stepped up in the second half of his rookie campaign with 5.5 sacks, finishing second on the team. But who else do the Chiefs have after Hali and Houston?

Kansas City could use some depth at outside linebacker between those two. Andy Studebaker gets an exception since he contributes a lot on special teams, but draft picks Gabe Miller and Cameron Sheffield may not be good backups. The Chiefs might look for a new backup outside linebacker before the season kicks off in September.

Although defensive ends Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are playing in a 3-4 scheme, the Chiefs would like to see their former top-five draft picks improve their sack totals, hence creating more pass-rushers.

 

3. Depth at Safety

Kendrick Lewis was a big asset for the Chiefs last season, stepping up after Eric Berry suffered a torn ACL during the season opener. Behind Lewis, the Chiefs were not strong at safety, as many injuries went down and the team lacked production at the position.

While Berry and Lewis are the primary starters going into the regular season, who do the Chiefs have to complement them? What is the plan if a starting safety gets hurt again? Despite having two good starting safeties, the Chiefs have no one that could step up behind them.

At some point, the Chiefs must consider an experienced safety to come in and be the top reserve for the 2012 season.

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