Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at DL Allen Bailey

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be taking a closer look at players on the Chiefs roster

There may not be a more physically imposing player on the Kansas City Chiefs roster than defensive lineman Allen Bailey, whose teammates have dubbed him "The Incredible Hulk" simply due to his sheer size and strength.

At 6 feet 3 and 288 pounds, Bailey's superhero-like physical traits have helped him become one of the most underrated players in the AFC, helping pace a Chiefs defensive line to be one of the most formidable groups in the NFL.

Over the past five seasons, Bailey has played in 67 games with 30 starts, racking up 124 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles.

Heading into his sixth season, Bailey, who originally joined the Chiefs as a third round pick out of Miami back in 2011, looks to build upon his 2015 campaign—which was arguably the best of his career.

SEASON REVIEW

One of the best games of Bailey's season also happened to be the biggest win for the franchise in the past two decades—the 30-0 shutout of the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs.

Bailey finished the game with 4 tackles and 2 sacks, which led the team.

Led by Bailey and company, the Chiefs defense put up the first shutout in a playoff game in more than a decade and the fifth-worst overall in playoff history.

Another game of Bailey's that has to be mentioned was his performance against the NFL's eventual rushing champion, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who won the title despite picking up just 60 yards on 26 carries against Bailey and the Chiefs, which was the second lowest total of his career in games in which he had at least 25 carries.

"I'll tell you this, No. 97 (Bailey) grabbed me one time and swung me down," Peterson said after the game. "I was able to feel the force that he had. That guy is extremely strong, and I'm sure there aren't too many guys that can keep him from getting to the quarterback or keep him out of the backfield on every play."

Bailey finished the season with 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

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HOW HE FITS

For the third straight year, Bailey will once again be an integral part of the Chiefs defense, and while he and his fellow defensive linemen don't always get credit in a box score for what they do, the success of the defense is predicated by the job they're doing up front.

Overall, the Chiefs defense allowed just 17.9 points per game last season, which ranked third best in the NFL and second in the AFC (Cincinnati, 17.4).

The defense also allowed just 44.1 percent of third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 opportunities to be converted by opposing offenses, which was the best mark in the NFL.

Much of that success can be attributed to the guys up front doing the dirty work, and led by Bailey, Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard, that group looks for even more success in 2016.

2016 OUTLOOK

After Bailey signed a multi-year contract extension back in November of 2014 to stay with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, general manager John Dorsey knew he had a steady rock along his defensive line for the foreseeable future.

There's no reason to believe Bailey's upward trend over the past two seasons won't continue next year, and the Chiefs defensive line will once again make its case as one of the best groups in the entire NFL.

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