IDP Preseason Position Battles: Kansas City Chiefs OLB

Heading into training camp, it’s worth taking a look at a few IDP position battles that have yet to be resolved. There is potential production available on the waiver wire depending on who wins each role. And knowing who’s competing in each battle will give you a leg-up when injuries inevitably occur.

Kansas City Chiefs OLB

If you play in a league where 3-4 OLBs are useful, Justin Houston is the guy here. Last season, he would’ve hit over 1,000 snaps if he had played in Week 17. But he can’t play both sides at the same time. So who’s going to play across from him?

If everything goes according to plan, it’ll be former 1st Rounder Dee Ford. KC picked up Ford’s 5th-year option, but he was only able to play 317 snaps across six games last season. Ford had back surgery in the offseason. Head Coach Andy Reid said in June Ford will be ready in time for training camp, but back surgeries are no joke. Ford has double-digit sack upside if he can stay healthy.

So the Chiefs need a backup plan. Hopefully a backup plan better than Frank Zombo who injuries forced to play 588 snaps last season. Zombo ended the year with 43 tackles and 1.5 sacks. After an 11-year career in KC, Tamba Hali has admitted it’s time for retirement.

That leaves two young guys, 2nd Round sophomore Tanoh Kpassagnon and 2nd Round rookie Breeland Speaks. Both profiled more as 3-4 DEs as they both top 280 lbs, but the Chiefs seem intent on playing them both at OLB. Kpassagnon notched 2.0 sacks in Week 17 last season, playing 65 snaps as KC rested its starters. He played less than 100 snaps over the previous 16 weeks.


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