2017 Chiefs Season Preview & NFL Futures Lines
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2017 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Roster Changes
The biggest move the Chiefs made this offseason was in acquiring the player who they’d ideally prefer didn’t see a single snap this season, and maybe not one all of next season, either.
The team moved up 17 spots in the draft to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round, and it cost the team their first round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a third round selection this past year.
Mahomes is a raw talent who’ll need time to better learn the game and refine his skills before being ready to take control of an NFL offense.
So it’s probably for the best that he landed on a contender with an established starting quarterback, even if the move doesn’t sit well with Alex Smith.
General manager John Dorsey paid a premium to bring in Mahomes, but he was later let go in a surprise move, meaning his big draft day trade will be worn by the next general manager, who will come in without a first round pick in 2018 and a long-term project at quarterback.
As far as this year’s team goes, the front office let running back Jamaal Charles walk after some lengthy injury woes.
The other big move was defensive tackle Dontari Poe’s departure to Atlanta, though bringing in Eagles nose tackle Bennie Logan should help fill that void.
Another late summer move was the surprise release of Jeremy Maclin – a favorite of head coach Andy Reid who’s been the team’s top passing game target since arriving in Kansas City.
2017 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Offense
With Maclin gone, tight end Travis Kelce’s role will expand. He’s coming off a career year, which came in large part due to an increase in targets during Maclin’s absence. It’ll also mean more will be asked of Tyreek Hill, who excelled in a limited role last season.
It was expected the team would go out and add a running back, but they’ll keep the keys to the ground game in the hands of Spencer Ware, with rookie Kareem Hunt pushing him.
2017 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Defense
The Chiefs have a very strong core on defense, including a couple of veterans in linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali who may not have many more years left in them.
But there are some very strong young stars to build around in safety Eric Berry and linebacker Justin Houston. Given the ceiling over the head of the team’s offense, this team can go as far as its defense will take it.
2017 Kansas City Chiefs Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
It’s not always pretty, but the Chiefs do just enough on offense to stay respectable, and that allows their defense to remain in the elite category, constantly playing with leads and forcing opponents into difficult situations as they try to catch up.
The Chiefs have been guilty of being far too conservative at times, and Andy Reid’s clock management can often leave onlookers scratching their heads.
It’s a big burden that this team’s had to deal with, and it’s what’s kept them from breaking through to the next level.
2017 Kansas City Chiefs Prediction (Final Record): 11-5
The AFC West has gotten a lot better this offseason, and while the Chiefs are fine employing a status quo from last year’s 12-win squad, it’s going to be tough for them to get over the hump without making significant changes.
They’re tough to back on the futures board.
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