4 Kansas City Chiefs Who Have Been Pleasant Surprises in 2011
For the Kansas City Chiefs, there hasn't been much to be excited about through the first two weeks of the '11 regular season.
Underneath all of the ugliness, there have been a few pleasant surprises for KC.
Here are a few players who have surprised for Kansas City in the first two games of this season.
RG Jon Asamoah
Second-year RG Jon Asamoah has been the only bright spot on the Chiefs' offensive line through the first two weeks this season.
He held last year's ROY Ndamukong Suh to just one sack against KC last Sunday in a game where Asamoah really showed off some of his talents.
Unfortunately for the former University of Illinois star, he hasn't had much help from his teammates on the line in the first two games of the new season.
It will be interesting to monitor his progress as the year goes on and to see how he does against other strong defensive linemen that he will have to face in his sophomore campaign in the league.
FB Le'Ron McClain
Former Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain has been a pleasant surprise for the Chiefs offense this season.
He has carried the ball four times for 15 yards and has caught two passes for 12 yards, while bailing out QB Matt Cassel a few times last week against the Lions.
Of course, this shouldn't be too much of a surprise, considering the fact that McClain is a two-time Pro-Bowler and has already proven that he is one of the better fullbacks in the league today.
The Chiefs are hoping that he can keep it going this year and add another element to their depleted offense that wasn't there last season.
DE Amon Gordon
Journeyman defensive end Amon Gordon has played well for the Chiefs this year, considering that it was unlikely that he would even make the final 53-man roster heading into the regular season.
His stats haven't shown it, but he has clearly outplayed former first-round pick Tyson Jackson in both contests.
He's been in the backfield a few times, and other than Tamba Hali, there aren't too many players on the Chiefs defense who can say that they've accomplished that feat as well.
At this rate, I expect Gordon to possibly take some of Jackson's snaps as the season progresses.
RB/WR Dexter McCluster
Second year-man Dexter McCluster has been one of the few players who has pumped some life into the Chiefs offense so far this season.
Even though he has fumbled the ball twice already, he has racked up 116 yards from scrimmage and has looked very explosive out of the backfield.
Many around the organization didn't know how McCluster would look in the early part of this season after he was limited in 2010 with an ankle injury.
The Chiefs need to continue to incorporate Dex into the offense for the rest of this season if they hope to have a chance at winning any games in 2011.