As the Kansas City Chiefs open training camp today in St. Joseph, Missouri, the team will be without their starting left tackle due to personal reasons. It's not clear exactly what is going on or even when Albert will return, but his absence gives the Chiefs the chance to check out several new additions this offseason at the tackle spot, including one guy who might surprise.
The Chiefs brought in several new faces along the offensive line, none bigger than new starting right tackle Eric Winston. The team also drafted Allen from the University of Illinois in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma in the third. Allen was known for his versatility across the line at Illinois and Stephenson was brought in to help play the swing tackle role. However, Tony Ugoh, signed yesterday as a free agent, will also be competing in camp for time.
It's hard enough to earn reps and get noticed with so many players around, but Albert's absence opens that door a bit wider for these guys to turn heads.