Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the Kansas City Chiefs better these days?
Training camp have begun to open up all around the NFL for all 32 teams. And that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we have been taking a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which a club made the most strides this offseason. We have looked at the AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South and NFC South. Now it’s time to check out the defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.
After only five teams in the league gained more yards on the ground than the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, Andy Reid’s teams slipped to 15th in the NFL in the same category this past season. And this is somewhat deceiving. While Spencer Ware (921) and Charcandrick West (293) finished 1-2 on the team, respectively, in rushing yards for the club, rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill ran for 267 yards and three scores on 24 attempts.
Jamaal Charles was a non-factor in 2016 and was released this offseason. He latched on with the rival Denver Broncos, which should make things interesting when the teams meet. Knile Davis was on and off the roster this past season and now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ware and West return, both capable running and pass-catching threats. The former totaled 1,368 yards from scrimmage, while West added 188 yards and two touchdowns on 28 catches to his rushing yardage totals. An intriguing offseason addition was C.J. Spiller, who’s bounced around the league looking for work since his brief stint with the New Orleans Saints. And Kansas City used a third-round draft choice in April on Toledo running back Kareem Hunt.
A season after averaging 127.8 yards per game on the ground in 2015 (thanks to a large assist from quarterback Alex Smith), the Kansas City Chiefs slipped to 109.3 rushing yards per contest this past season. Reid’s team needs to do much better than that for the team’s attack to improve on its so-so total of 34 offensive touchdowns this past year.