These are the training camp battles to keep an eye on with the Kansas City Chiefs for 2021.
Kansas City may have elite offensive players like quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, but they could not manage to find pay dirt vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when it mattered back in February. Though the Chiefs have one of the best rosters in football, they have some depth concerns to address, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
Here are two training camp battles that should have the undivided attention of Chiefs Kingdom.
Kansas City Chiefs: 2 training camp battles to watch this summer
2. Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson will battle for No. 2 wide receiver spot
With Sammy Watkins leaving the team for the Baltimore Ravens in his free agency, an opportunity has presented itself in the Kansas City receiving corps. We know that the top two receiving options for Mahomes on this team are Kelce at tight end and Hill at wide receiver, but even more balls are to be had for the No. 2 wide receiver spot between Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.
While Robinson will be entering his sixth season with the Chiefs, the former Florida Gators wide receiver has never had more than 45 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in a season, with those first two career-highs coming last year. Hardman has eclipsed 500 yards and four receiving touchdowns in his first two years out of Georgia. He clearly has the upper hand over Robinson.
However, both wide receivers will benefit from Watkins leaving the Chiefs in his free agency, as well as former Clemson standout Cornell Powell making his way to the team by way of the 2021 NFL Draft. Though Powell should gain some of the passing attempts that were thrown in Watkins’ direction, the biggest beneficiaries from his free-agency departure are Hardman and Robinson.
Getting the No. 2 wide receiver position figured out is important, but there is one bigger fish to fry.