It’s clear that Eric Winston is going to be one of the more affable players on the Kansas City Chiefs roster this season. Given the quantity and quality of his quotes for the media before the season has even started shows that he will likely be a vocal leader and one who will appropriately speak out at certain moments. As he was recently interviewed for the Chiefs official site, WInston spoke out about the state of the Chiefs line and believes great things are in store.
"Ryan Lilja is going to be our leader, I think, in that room," Winston said of his first impressions. "He’s a veteran guy that’s won a Super Bowl before. He knows how to do it.
"You’ve also got guys like Jon Asamoah and Branden Albert, who are young players but I think they are going to be really good players. Obviously, Hudson is going to have to fill some big shoes for [Casey] Wiegmann. I see no reason why we can’t develop that same kind of continuity and same kind of leadership and everything that goes into being a top offensive line in this league."
The comments are interesting since Lilja has heard replacement talk all offseason as the Chiefs could potentially take a David DeCastro in the first round or even a Kevin Zeitler or Cordy Glenn a bit later in the draft if the Chiefs can trade back. Even if the Chiefs take a guard, however, they could use him in the same way they did Rodney Hudson last season as a back-up for multiple positions as he learns at the pro level.
More than anything, it’s clear that Winston is going to be a nice new addition in multiple ways. While his on-field impact is most important, he’s a new vocal leader for the offensive line off the field as well.