Analysis

Secret weapons for the Kansas City Chiefs on offense & defense in 2020

Last year we had Emmanuel Ogbah and Stefen Wisniewski. This year we have three Chiefs who will be secret weapons on offense and defense.

In the past week, the Chiefs biggest secret weapon has been unveiled on Bleacher Report and many other Chiefs media outlets. The cornerback from Middle Tennessee State, Charvarious Ward, has been praised for the season he had this past year. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), he allowed just 48 percent of passes thrown into his coverage to be caught, and those passes yielded a 73.6 passer rating. Since the secret is out on Ward we will discuss three other Chiefs bound to be secret weapons this upcoming season.

WR – Sammy Watkins

Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Clyde Edwards-Helaire…finally Sammy Watkins name comes up. He is the last player mentioned by the national media when talking about the abundance of weapons at Patrick Mahomes disposal. Sammy Watkins has been, and will continue to be a secret weapon for the Kansas City Chiefs offense in 2020. In big moments, when the focus is on Hill and Kelce, Watkins strikes. He is the possession receiver needed in order to move the chains. This was seen in the playoffs when he got free on a big third-down play against the Titans that sent the Chiefs to Super Bowl. He did it again when lining up against Richard Sherman to move the sticks on a crucial drive in the Super Bowl. Many call him “Playoff Sammy” even though he finished last season second on the Chiefs in receptions. He is a weapon that is often forgotten about.

LB – Ben Niemann

Ben Niemann does it all for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs utilize Niemann as coverage linebacker in the pass game, but he plays a bigger role on special teams. Niemann is one of two NFL players to be graded a top 10 special teamer in the NFL the past two seasons. Throughout 2019, Niemann became a linebacker the Chiefs trusted. In the Super Bowl, he played meaningful snaps and made his presence known making this impact play late in the game on third down.

This upcoming season Niemann will most likely play a similar role to last year. However, don’t discredit his ability because he is invaluable to the Kansas City Chiefs.

EDGE – Taco Charlton

At this point in his career Taco Charlton has little to show for himself. The former first-round pick is at his third stop in four seasons and has nine career sacks next to his name. Nonetheless, there is still reason for hope in Kansas City that something will click and he will find success. The Chiefs headed in to the 2019 season in a very similar circumstance with Emmanuel Ogbah and found a capable playmaker prior to injury. In addition, Taco Charlton is a scheme fit in Spagnuolo’s system which will allow him to attack using his long, athletic frame and will surround him with a surplus of talent that includes his former Michigan teammate, Frank Clark. With Charlton tee’d up for success in Kansas City, we may have ourselves a secret weapon on the defensive side of the ball.

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