Facts and figures on the Kansas City Chiefs as the opening of training camp approaches.
2016 RECORD: 12-6
OPEN CAMP: July 29, St. Joseph, Missouri
LAST YEAR: Started 1-5 before winning 10 straight to reach the playoffs, beating Houston for the team’s first postseason win since the 1993 season. Made its run without RB Jamaal Charles (right ACL) and with OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali dealing with injuries late in the year. The defense allowed just 17.9 points per game, third best in league, to help overcome an offense that again struggled to score points under coach Andy Reid.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: OT Mitch Schwartz, WRs Rod Streater and rookie Demarcus Robinson, LB Jonathan Massaquoi, DT Chris Jones, OL Parker Ehinger.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: FS Husain Abdullah, SS Tyvon Branch, DT Mike DeVito, OG Jeff Allen, OT Donald Stephenson, QB Chase Daniel.
CAMP NEEDS: The Chiefs must test the recovery of Charles and Hali from knee surgery and the progress of Houston after surgery to his left ACL in February. They must identify a backup quarterback after Daniel’s departure from among Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and Kevin Hogan. They also must decide how carries will be split with Charles returning to a RB corps that includes Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis.
EXPECTATIONS: The Chiefs believe the Broncos are vulnerable in the AFC West, but the loss of Houston to knee injury for at least the start of the season hurts their chances of winning the division title. A second straight year of earning a wild card would be another sign that Reid and GM John Dorsey have the Chiefs on track for sustained success.