Will Alex Smith finally test defenses by going deep?
Alex Smith says he's been working on his footwork this season. And the veteran passer says that'll help him go longer 2015. Chiefs fans hope he's right -- Smith has been one of the NFL's more accurate passers since his arrival in K.C. He's more than capable of big passing plays (see: 2013 AFC Wild Card), but rarely had the players around him to do so. No. 11 is all out of excuses now. The Chiefs offense can't hinge on just Jamaal Charles anymore.
How will Jeremy Maclin fit in with the Chiefs?
The Chiefs opened their wallet to open their playbook up this season. Jeremy Maclin can be Kansas City's new No. 1 guy, but it'll take time and reps with his new quarterback, Alex Smith. Maclin played in Chip Kelly's wide-open offensive system for the last few years. Similar video-game numbers are not to be expected, but finally (and mercifully), the Chiefs have a player capable of keeping defensive coordinators busy.
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Can Dee Ford carve himself a niche as a pass-rusher?
Dee Ford was a curious first-round pick two drafts ago. Now, the former Auburn star is just trying to squeeze his way into a star-studded pass rushing rotation. He'll have every opportunity to do so; ageing veteran Tamba Hali is helping him along the way. Ford will keep Hali fresh until it's his time to team up with all-everything sack-master Justin Houston. But until No. 91 hangs up his cleats, expect the second-year stud to play a reserve role in sub packages.
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Can Kelce be a top-tier tight end?
Travis Kelce is poised for a breakout year. But this season defenses will key on Maclin deep, meaning Alex Smith will be free to find his 6-foot-5 freak-of-nature on checkdowns.
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Can top pick Marcus Peters blend in?
From all accounts, Marcus Peters isn't the type of drama-attracting player Andy Reid once had in Terrell Owens. The former Washington Huskies star does have a reputation for being a hothead, though -- he constantly butted heads with UW's coaching staff and got himself kicked off the team. Reid is renowned as a "player's coach," but he won't stand for those tantrums. Peters will be doing crunches at home on his driveway if he can't conform to the rules of a professional locker room.