Chiefs turn to a rookie for first change in starting offensive line


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid promised change to the starting offensive line in practice this week and the one he delivered was most interesting. Reid picked a rookie, fourth-round draft pick Parker Ehinger, as the starting left guard.

Ehinger took the spot in between tackle Eric Fisher and center Mitch Morse. He replaced Zach Fulton, who started six regular-season games last season plus two in the playoffs.

"Coach Reid likes to move around his offensive line," Ehinger said. "He's kind of putting people in new positions and seeing how they play, seeing how they respond.

"It's cool to kind of mix it up, play with different guys. But the starting five isn't decided in (offseason practice). We've got a lot of football to be played. It's kind of a cool experience to play next to Fish, play next to Mitch, learn from some older players."Wholesale Indianapolis Colts jerseys

As Ehinger indicated, the Chiefs tend to look at plenty of offensive line combinations during the offseason. But with the starters set at tackle with Fisher and Mitch Schwartz and center with Morse, the Chiefs won't rotate the starters as often as they usually do.

The guard positions, where Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opened practice as the starters, could be open for competition. The Chiefs opted to make Ehinger their first change rather than veteran options in Jah Reid, Drew Nowak and Jordan Devey. All have been starters during their NFL careers.

The others may eventually get their turn in the starting lineup in offseason practice. But if they do, they're behind Ehinger in line.Wholesale Kansas City Chiefs jerseys

"It's kind of a whirlwind when you get in there with the (starters)," Fisher said, recalling his initial practices when he was a rookie. "We're just shuffling the line around like coach Reid always does, trying guys in different spots. Just another combination."

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