Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
The 2011 season for the Kansas City Chiefs was a huge disappointment. Coming off an AFC West title in 2010 and returning much of the roster, expectations couldn't have been higher.
However, the team came into last year unprepared, and a rash of injuries early on derailed the season before it could really get started. Tight end Tony Moeaki, safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles were all stifled with ACL tears prior to the third game of the season.
The health of these three has been a hot-button topic the entire offseason and is a major point of concern for the fans. General manager Scott Pioli made it a point to stock the roster with depth at these positions through free agency and the draft.
Although the Chiefs will be better prepared should health be a major concern again, Berry, Charles and Moeaki have all looked good so far in training camp. And if the law of averages helps the team along the way, the depth might not have to come into play much this season anyway.
Berry is on a mission to return to form and Charles is ready to do everything he can to help the Chiefs compete in the AFC West and eventually for a Super Bowl.
While Berry and Charles will be relied on heavily, Moeaki might be in the best position to take his return to the field a bit more leisurely. The Chiefs have more weapons surrounding quarterback Matt Cassel, thus taking the pressure off of Moeaki to build off a successful 2010 season.
Jeremy Sickel is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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