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Monday, May 19, 2014
Roster analysis 2013 to 2014: OL

By Adam Teicher

Here's another installment of our detailed look at the Kansas City Chiefs roster by position with a determination whether they improved or not since the end of last season. Keep in mind that the Chiefs can continue to make roster moves and could make significant additions or subtractions before they arrive at training camp. But the bulk of the roster they will take to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph is intact.

We'll continue here with the offensive line.

End of 2013: Branden Albert, Jeff Allen, Rodney Hudson, Geoff Schwartz, Eric Fisher, Jon Asamoah, Rishaw Johnson, Eric Kush, Donald Stephenson, Rokevious Watkins

Serious 2014 roster candidates: Allen, Hudson, Fisher, Johnson, Stephenson, Kush, Watkins, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Zach Fulton, Jeff Linkenbach, J'Marcus Webb

Analysis: Free agency hit the Chiefs hard here. They lost Albert, their starting left tackle, as well as Asamoah and Schwartz, who split time as the starting right guard. The Chiefs had done a nice job of building their depth at these positions but it's difficult to overcome the loss of three regulars within a matter of hours and a case could be made that Albert and Schwartz were their best linemen last season. Fisher moves from right tackle to left. He may eventually be a better player than Albert but it's unreasonable to expect that right away. Fisher had offseason shoulder surgery, which set him back in his quest to get stronger in his upper body. Johnson will get the first shot at the starting right guard spot and has enough ability to eventually develop into a solid player. Again, it's not reasonable to expect that right away. Depth is also now an issue, though the Chiefs might have eased the situation with the signings of Linkenbach and Webb.

Better or worse? Worse. No team could lose what the Chiefs did and expect the situation to improve.