Thursday, November 7, 2013
A look at the offensive rookies
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have eight rookies on their active roster, four on each side of the ball. In this post, we’ll look at their offensive rookies. We’ll examine the defensive rookies later today.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher: The first pick in this year’s draft, Fisher has started all but one game at right tackle. For much of the time, Fisher hasn’t looked anything like the draft’s best player. He has demonstrated superior athletic skills and those have allowed him to survive, but a pronounced lack of strength has left him vulnerable against powerful pass-rushers. The Chiefs are encouraged after Fisher played his best game of the season last week against Buffalo that perhaps his game is ready to soar. Whether or not it does during this season, Fisher remains a bright prospect. An offseason in the Chiefs’ weight program should do him wonders and Fisher should come back in 2014 as a much better player.
Running back Knile Davis: The Chiefs were hopeful that by this time they would be getting much more from Davis, a third-round pick. But he was in for just one snap against the Bills and returned one kickoff. Davis was a notorious fumbler in college at Arkansas and the problem has continued since he joined the Chiefs. He occasionally lines up in the wrong spot or runs the wrong play and, like a lot of young backs, has trouble at times with pass protection. Taken together, it’s no wonder the Chiefs don’t seem comfortable with Davis. But running backs coach Eric Bieniemy said Davis has made a lot of progress and is ready for a bigger workload. If that’s the case, Davis needs to play more. He’s big and fast and has the kind of ability that can help a struggling offensive team.
Center Eric Kush: Drafted in the sixth round as a developmental prospect, that’s what Kush has been. He played in just two games and the prospect of him getting more time the rest of the season is slim. Kush could eventually develop into a competent backup or even an adequate starter. He had trouble with his snaps during training camp and the preseason, both from conventional and shotgun formations.
Quarterback Tyler Bray: He has been inactive for all nine games, but don’t let that fool you. Bray has uncommon skill for an undrafted quarterback. He showed the ability in training camp and the preseason to make all the necessary throws. The key for Bray is whether he’s willing to put in all the hard work necessary to become a great player. If so, his future could be bright. With a strong offseason, he could push Chase Daniel for the backup spot next season.