Previewing Kansas City Chiefs OTAs: A New-Look Defensive Line

Allen Bailey returns, and last year's standout, Chris Jones, will only get better

If there's one area of the Kansas City Chiefs defense that's going to have a different look in 2017, that would be along the defensive line.

This past offseason, both Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard, who each had more snaps played along the defensive line for the Chiefs over the past two years than anyone else, signed with NFC teams.

Poe is now with the Atlanta Falcons and Howard with the Chicago Bears.

But with veteran Allen Bailey returning from a season-ending injury suffered early last year, plus the development of Chris Jones after a fantastic rookie season, along with others, there's reason to feel good about this group.

In fact, Jones ranked No. 1 in the league last year among 3-4 defensive ends in pass-rushing productivity, according to Pro Football Focus.

Jones finished with 42 pressures on 341 pass-rushing snaps, which was good for a 9.4 PRP (Pass-Rushing Productivity) score.

While most fans point to sacks as the statistic to determine the success of getting after the passer, the goal of these guys is simply to disrupt the play, and no 3-4 defensive end in the NFL last year was more disruptive than Jones, who is just 22 years old.

With OTAs beginning on Tuesday, Jones will begin the follow-up to a rookie season that graded out as one of the four best over the last decade for 3-4 rookie defensive ends, according to Pro Football Focus.


The arrow is pointed up for the young playmaker.

Here's a look at all the snap played by the Chiefs' defensive linemen last year:


The Chiefs also signed veteran Bennie Logan this offseason and used their second-round draft pick on Villanova's Tanoh Kpassagnon, who above everything else, is just a humongous person.

The Chiefs kept six defensive linemen on the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason last year.

Here are the ten defensive linemen on the roster for OTAs:


Here's the Chiefs' schedule of OTA practices:

Tuesday, May 23         11:10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 24   11:10 a.m.

Thursday, May 25       11:10 a.m. * Coach Reid speaking to media

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Tuesday, May 30         11:10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 31   11:10 a.m.

Thursday, June 1         11:10 a.m. * Coach Reid speaking to media

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Tuesday, June 6          11:10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 7     11:10 a.m.

Thursday, June 8         11:10 a.m.

Friday, June 9              11:10 a.m. * Coach Reid speaking to media

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*Mandatory Minicamp: *

Tuesday, June 13        1:20 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14   11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 15       11:15 a.m. * Coach Reid speaking to media

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