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Left Tackle: Eric Fisher and J’Marcus Webb
Left Guard: Jeff Allen and Jeffrey Linkenbach
Center: Rodney Hudson and Eric Kush
Right Guard: Zach Fulton (rookie) and Ricky Henry
Right Tackle: Ryan Harris and Donald Stephenson
The Chiefs offensive line allowed 16 sacks this preseason, which limited a first-team offense that failed to score a touchdown.
Donald Stephenson will miss the first four games due to suspension, but Ryan Harris, who has played in 78 games and started in half of them, will likely be the fill-in man at right tackle.
The Chiefs have plenty of young guys at the offensive line, but whether there's a viable NFL starter aside from center Rodney Hudson is a valid question. Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, has struggled immensely. The Chiefs are even forced to put sixth-round rookie Zach Fulton as the starter at right guard.
On paper, this offensive line concerns a lot of people.
Whether the offense will succeed depends on the line. If it plays well, a lot will be expected from Smith. But if the line struggles, expect Smith to be sacked at least 50 times, if he’s lucky to stay healthy throughout the season with all the hits he may end up takings.