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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Defensive Line Breakdown

The Chiefs defensive line will look very different in 2017 compared to last season. They lost veteran linemen Jaye Howard and Dontari Poe in free agency. To fill the hole the Chiefs drafted defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon in round two of the 2017 NFL Draft. The defensive line will be an important part of the Chiefs defense this season.


The loss of Jaye Howard and Dontari Poe will have a big impact on the Chiefs defense. The two players had 50 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks last season. Both players were a big part of the Chiefs defensive success over the last few seasons. The Chiefs will need to rely on new players to start on the defensive line.

Bennie Logan is expected to take over at nose tackle. Logan was acquired in free agency after he spent the last four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Last season he had 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Bennie Logan has improved throughout his career and he will be expected to make a big impact for the Chiefs in 2017.


Rakeem Nunez-Roches will be one of the Chiefs starting defensive ends. Nunez-Roches made five starts for the Chiefs last season. He had 23 total tackles and one sack. Nunez-Roches is the least experienced starter on the defensive line for the Chiefs. Rakeem Nunez-Roches will need to build on his success last season to be a permanent starter.

Chris Jones will be the other defensive end for the Chiefs. Jones was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Last season he played in all 16 games and started in 11. He had 28 combined tackles and two sacks. Chris Jones is one of the Chiefs best young players and he will likely have the opportunity to be a full time starter in 2017.


The Chiefs drafted defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second round of the draft. Kpassagnon played four seasons with Villanova. He is one of the tallest defensive linemen in the NFL at 6’7. Tanoh Kpassagnon will need a few seasons to develop but could see some time this season as a backup defensive end.

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The Chiefs defensive line changed a lot this off-season after losing Jaye Howard and Dontari Poe in free agency. The defensive line is a key part of the defense and they will need new players to play well this season. The Chiefs have improved the defensive line through the draft the last couple seasons and they will need to rely on their young players in 2017.

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