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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Chiefs position battles

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The young Chiefs will have plenty to watch on offense during training camp.

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No. 2 Receiver: Devard Darling vs. Jeff Webb and Will Franklin

This will be very interesting to watch. If the Chiefs are going to rebound on offense only and make strides in its youth movement, it may be because of this position. Last year's first-round draft pick, Dwayne Bowe, looks like a future star. But he needs help to take the pressure off him. That's why this position battle is so vital. The Chiefs brought in Darling, an interesting prospect who never developed in Baltimore. But he'll get a chance in Kansas City as will third-year player Jeff Webb. The player to watch may be Franklin, a fourth-round pick from Missouri. He was productive in college and had a very good offseason with the Chiefs. And there will be no rookie bias here. If the fourth rounder shows he can handle the job, it will be his. This truly will be a position to watch as the Chiefs work their way through training camp and the preseason.

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 Brodie Croyle will be given every chance to keep the starting job.

Quarterback: Brodie Croyle vs. Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen

The Chiefs will deny that there is a position battle or a quarterback controversy here. They want Croyle to be the quarterback and will give him every opportunity to keep the job. But there's always the chance he is unable to show he is worthy of being a starting NFL quarterback. He has yet to prove it. That's where Huard and Thigpen come in. Let's face it, the only way Huard wins the job is if Croyle is a total disaster and Thigpen doesn't develop quickly. Thus, Croyle's only real competition might be in the form of Thigpen. He is a young, interesting prospect who some scouts think could eventually beat out Croyle. But that may be a long shot. At this point, Croyle's only real competition is Croyle himself.

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