On KC Chiefs offensive lineman Geron Christian’s right tackle


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Members of the Chiefs including Austin Reiter (61), guard Nick Allegretti (73), offensive lineman Creed Humphrey (52) spoke to quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) while wearing Guardian Caps during the training camp on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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In the previous nine days of full-team practices at training camp, veterans Andrew Wylie and Roderick Johnson had completed reps at right tackle with the first-team offense.

On day 10, it was veteran Geron Christian’s turn.

For the first time, Christian worked primarily with the starters in 11-on-11 drills at Missouri Western.

“This is the stage where you’re always trying to take a look at certain players to see what they can do and how they handle it when put in that situation,” the offensive coordinator said. Chiefs, Eric Bieniemy. “So every day I’m sure you’ll probably see something – whether it’s at the O line, at receiver or running back, we just want to see guys play.”

Rotations among members of the Chiefs’ first-team offensive line are expected to continue throughout training camp, and possibly even into upcoming preseason games.

Wylie plans to have the inside lane after making seven starts at right tackle in 2021. He opened training camp with the first-team attack. But the Chiefs have yet to identify the most important swing tackle behind outside starters Wylie and Orlando Brown Jr.

Enter Christian, Johnson, rookie Darian Kinnard and Prince Tega Wanogho, who are all top contenders with Lucas Niang (knee) on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

When the Chiefs will make their decision on right and left tackle saves, however, remains to be seen.

“You always have goals, you always have expectations,” Bieniemy said. “These can change from day to day.

“We have a lot of guys in this room doing a hell of a job. And, obviously, we have players coming back from injury at some point, so at the moment I’m not passing judgment on anyone.

Regardless of the position, Bieniemy and the other Chiefs coaches want to see if the players hold each other accountable, execute plays with attention to detail and demonstrate a sense of urgency.

“It can go from good tackle to receiver X to receiver Z to quarterback, because we want to keep evaluating our players,” Bieniemy said.

PARTICIPATION REPORT

Wide receiver Daurice Fountain returned to practice after leaving Saturday’s session with a finger injury.

Wide receiver Gary Jennings (concussion), defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth (knee) and tight end Jody Fortson (quad) continue to miss practice. Fortson has not practiced since July 30, a period of six practices.

Niang and cornerback Rashad Fenton (shoulder, PUP roster) continued to work with a trainer at the rehab tent.

Wide receiver Devin Gray, who the Chiefs signed Saturday, was on the field wearing the No. 80 jersey. To make room on the roster, the Chiefs released veteran cornerback Deandre Baker.

COMMENTS

  • The Chiefs held their annual Family Fun Day on Sunday in front of more than 5,000 fans, according to a team spokesperson.
  • The Chiefs didn’t have the best start to the practice at 11-11 as the offense came out and recorded three offenses, including two false starts. “We just didn’t execute,” Bieniemy explained.
  • Rookie cornerback Joshua Williams delivered a heavy blow to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was down for a few moments before getting up and continuing to practice. The crowd let out a collective gasp after Williams appeared almost at the Smith-Schuster clothesline.
  • Wide receiver Mecole Hardman lined up behind the center of the Wildcat squad on 11-on-11 drills for the third time this summer. He didn’t throw it, however, instead taking the snap around the right side for minimal gain.
  • Speaking of Hardman, quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with the speedster on a deep pass to midfield in 7-on-7 drills. Hardman got behind cover and landed an easy catch for a long touchdown.
  • Sophomore center Creed Humphrey continues to dominate on individual drills against the defensive line. Humphrey has proven to be an unshakeable object no matter who is lining up for him and held off defensive tackle Chris Jones, a three-time Pro Bowler.

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