The Kansas City Chiefs have a huge postseason ahead and have proven that they are serious contenders to win Super Bowl LIV. Although this is true, there are some Chiefs that need to step up and produce for us in the postseason. Below is the list of five players I believe will be crucial in getting the Chiefs a Super Bowl win.
1. Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins has been a huge part of our offense over the past few years, but during the 2019 regular season, he was not a significant target. Watkins averaged 13.0 yards per catch last year and had no fumbles. This year, while he is averaging 12.9 yards with two fumbles, we really need him to be a target we know Mahomes can count on. Watkins has a 58.0% catch rate, with a catchable target rate of 72.7%. In only six more catches, Tyreek Hill has 187 more yards than Watkins on the 2019 season. With Kelce and Hill consistently being double teamed by defenses, Mahomes needs to know that Watkins can help carry us a little more in the postseason than we saw in the regular season.
2. Daniel Sorensen
With new additions to the Chiefs defense, a lot of pressure has been taken off of Sorensen. In 2017 and 2018, he had career seasons in tackles, sacks, and tackles for loss. This season, Sorensen is sixth in tackles for the Chiefs (both solo and assisted), with no sacks and no forced fumbles. In the postseason, we need Sorensen to play with the mentality of a game on the line. We have seen Sorenson show this mentality with two crucial interceptions ending both games against the Chargers. Sorensen needs to carry this mentality over into the postseason and play every snap with that mindset. An outstanding postseason will be crucial for his career with the Chiefs.
3. Kendall Fuller
Kendall Fuller was out with an injury for a significant part of the season, and a decrease in his numbers shows that. Now with Thornhill out for the remainder of the season, it is time for Fuller to step up in his place and show us what he is truly capable of. Fuller is a brilliant defensive talent, and even Reid has boasted on his flexibility in a defense. Fuller is eligible for a contract extension after this season, and if he wants to stay with the Chiefs, now is the time to prove he is the real deal.
4. Mecole Hardman
It’s hard to write this after watching Hardman return a kickoff for 104 yards, but we need him to stay consistent on special teams while proving a case for the offense. Mahomes and Hardman’s hookups on the season have proven nothing except positive things. Hardman would be a huge addition to the offense, even in the most subtle of ways. Putting the ball in his hands is never a bad idea, as long as he learns to protect the football while running. Hardman has so much potential, and this postseason is only the start of the rest of his career.
5. Dustin Colquitt/James Winchester
While Colquitt hasn’t had a significant amount of opportunities to punt (which is a fantastic thing), his role on special teams this season has not lived up to his potential. We have seen many miscues between Winchester and Colquitt this season. Between bad snaps and bad holds, the two have not put Butker in the best position to succeed. Butker has had an outstanding season, and a lot of this does have to do with Colquitt and Winchester, but there is still room for improvement. With someone like Colquitt who has been in the league for ages, he needs to figure out what is going wrong on special teams and step up like the veteran he is.