The Kansas City Chiefs made more moves at the offensive line position than any other in this past offseason, and the cornerstone of all of the team's changes comes at right tackle with the addition of Eric Winston. The former Texans right tackle visited Kansas City and never got away after experiencing the personal encouragement of KC fans and the great atmosphere of the city and stadium.
Now Winston is in camp and hoping to be the person that makes a difference in completing the offensive front. Together with Branden Albert and a slew of new, young players in the middle, the Chiefs have more depth and potential along the trenches in several seasons.
"I think we've got a lot of athleticism," said Winston from training camp on Saturday. "I think we've got a lot of guys with a lot of experience combined with some youth. I really expect us to do some good things; I really do. I expect us to get Peyton [Hillis] and [Jamaal] Charles out in the open field and let them do their thing.
"I think it's on us to get them separation into the secondary. I think from there, then they decide what they're going to do with the ball, if you will. There's no reason for us not to be a good offensive line that can put up some big yards in the run game and allow [Matt] Cassel to have some time back there."
Branden Albert agreed and the left tackle said that Winston in particular adds a new impressive dimension to the line.
"I think it's a big addition," said Albert. "He's a hard worker, a player that has proven himself in the league and will help this offensive line."