The Kansas City Chiefs are cooking with fire when it comes to their core group of young players. They have a solid, talented bunch that features playmakers on both sides of the ball and guys whom you can build an elite roster around. But, out of their full group of playmakers, which five players stand out as the Chiefs keys to the future? Let’s break them down and start things off with a player who’s well on his way to becoming one of the elite tight ends in the NFL.
Travis Kelce, TE
Kelce was signed to a five-year, $46.842 million deal, according to Spotrac, and is looking like he’s going to be worth every penny. He’s improved in many areas since joining the league and most recently posted career-highs in catches (85), yards (1,125) and yards per reception (13.2) in 2016. There’s a ton to love about his game, and with Jeremy Maclin no longer in town, there’s a real reason to believe that he could wind up seeing 90-100 catches during the 2017 season.
Hill burst into the NFL by making a major statement with his play as a rookie in 2016. He caught 61 passes for 593 yards and six touchdowns but also had three rushing touchdowns and three return touchdowns as well. His 12 combined touchdowns show just how electrifying he can be and that’s the type of player who should see the ball in his hands more and more often moving forward. Hill is now the Chiefs’ No. 1 wideout following Maclin’s release, so he should see even more opportunity this season.
Justin Houston, LB
A knee injury forced Houston to miss 11 games last…
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