Who will be the surprise player of 2010? Each and every year there’s always one. It probably all depends on how you choose to define “surprise.”
On a day where head coach Todd Haley and a number of other Chiefs are paying a visit to the military families at Whiteman Air Force Base, why not discuss some of the players who have slipped under the radar during these OTAs?
*Note: Coverage of the Chiefs visit to Whiteman will be available later this afternoon
In 2009, the surprise performance of the year was obvious. RB
In 2008, the surprise of the season came on the defensive side of the football. It was there that an undrafted rookie made big plays and contributed to the team in a multitude of ways. DB
In each of the past two years, the surprise performance has clearly stood out. Other times, the surprise of the season has been less obvious. Take the year 2001 for example.
Waters was given an opportunity to start the 2001 opener at center in place of an injury
When it comes to discussing surprise players for 2010, the debate will wage on with no right or wrong answer. It all depends on how you choose to approach the topic. Whether or not
To me, focusing on players who have slipped under the radar of everyday conversation, yet still have a chance to fill very important roles for the team qualify as surprise candidates. As you’ll see, some of these players logged starts with the team last year and some are rookies. Some weren’t even on the roster in 2009.
These are the players who won’t have lofty public expectations set upon them, but might just make a headline or two in 2010. Then again, some on the list may not even make the team.
Here are four guys on the offensive side of the football that you may have forgotten about, but have a chance to force you to remember their names. Later this week, we’ll look at four on the defensive side of the ball.
McCluster and Urban are two completely different players and there’s no reason to pigeon hole either one of them as “the slot receiver.”
Often times referred to as a “tweener,” Castille (5-11, 238) is smaller than your typical fullback and bigger than your average tailback, but his versatility out of what’s typically viewed as a blocking position could turn out to be a nice secondary asset. Castille has already gotten loose on several occasions during OTAs via screen passes and quick hitters on plays that the defense has chosen to key attention on more prominent offensive threats.
Remember the TD catch that Castille had out of the backfield at Cincinnati last season? Those are the type of plays that could surprise a defense when Jones, McCluster or Charles are on the field. The guy has some overlooked athleticism, but with a backfield consisting of veterans backs like Charles, Jones,
The Chiefs felt strongly enough about Moeaki to trade up for him at the end of round three. On paper, he may have the most versatility and athletic talent in his position group. On the field, he hasn’t done a single thing yet. Let’s get this guy healthy and see how he reacts.
Many people tend to forget that Ndukwe started three games at right tackle last year before late preseason addition Ryan O’Callaghan was ready for action. By all accounts, Ndukwe did an admirable job for a spot starter. Many people also tend to forget that Ndukwe is one of the few players on the Chiefs roster who can swing from tackle to guard if need be. He’s definitely the only one with NFL game experience in doing so.
He may not ever be an everyday starter for the Chiefs, but Ndukwe has a chance to compete for a very vital gameday role. He’ll have competition though, namely from