Predictions are always fun to throw out. A breakout season can determine so much for players in the NFL. Once players show glimpses, their careers can change in an instant. The Chiefs offense is ready to turn heads around the league. There are players who we know have big expectations already, for example Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill to name a few. But here, we will take a look at three players that have a chance to “breakout” for the Chiefs in 2018.
DeMarcus Robinson will be entering his third season with the Chiefs out of the University of Florida. Robinson has not had a lot of opportunities in the Chiefs offense so far, with just 21 career receptions. Most of those 21 receptions came in the last two games of last season, which was Mahomes debut against Denver. Also, during the Wild Card game against Tennessee. Robinson also started eight games in 2017, after not starting any games in his rookie season in 2016. In his rookie season, Robinson was mainly a special teamer.
With Albert Wilson signing with the Miami Dolphins in free agency, Robinson could earn a starting job. Behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, the wide receiver depth chart includes Chris Conley, Marcus Kemp, Byron Pringle, De’Anthony Thomas and Gehrig Dieter. Besides the aforementioned Denver game where we saw Mahomes debut, Robinson has already had plenty of work with Mahomes in camps and practices. Robinson’s best trait is stretching the field and being able to run crisp routes. If Robinson wins a starting job, the sky’s the limit for his 2018 season.
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The Chiefs running back room is very crowded going into 2018. Kareem Hunt enters his second season after leading the NFL in rushing in 2017. Spencer Ware looks to rebound after miss all of last season with a knee injury. General manager Brett Veach has strongly urged more and more competition in 2018, so it will be intriguing to see what the final depth chart will end up being for the RBs.
Damien Williams was brought to Kansas City to be another target for Mahomes. Williams is listed as a running back, but just as much of his career numbers arose from receptions. In all four of those seasons, Williams has had more than 155 receiving yards and 20 receptions. The most rushing yards in a single season Williams has had is 181. With Williams the Chiefs can run plenty of two running back sets with Mahomes. This is just another new wrinkle that will find its way into the offense..
Yes, Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and he has racked up plenty of yards in his career. But, Andy Reid loves to have his extra tight ends who can contribute as well. Tim Wright could very well challenge for the number two tight end spot, as Demetrius Harris has struggled to improve as a pass catcher and he also received a one game suspension for 2018. Wright has 89 career receptions for 907 yards when he previously played for Tampa Bay, New England and Detroit. Wright can bring something to the Chiefs just like Damien Williams can, and that’s adding as much pass catchers around Mahomes as they can.