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    Kansas City Chiefs Breakout Candidates in 2024 Include Jaylen Watson and Felix Anudike-Uzomah

    With the Chiefs vying for a three-peat, which returning players are potential breakout candidates in 2024?

    The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to become the first team in NFL history to three-peat as Super Bowl champions, but they’ll need some young players to step up. Here are four potential breakout candidates this season

    Kansas City Chiefs Breakout Candidates

    EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah

    Heading into his second season, Felix Anudike-Uzomah has become a forgotten name outside Kansas City. In the 2023 NFL Draft, he was taken 31st overall in the first round. However, he recorded just 14 tackles, half a sack, and forced one fumble as a rookie.

    While he didn’t produce much in Year 1, that doesn’t mean that will be it for him. Plenty of players in recent years took a big leap in their second seasons after lackluster rookie campaigns.

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    One example is Travon Walker, who was taken first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. As a rookie, Walker recorded just 3.5 sacks. However, as a second-year player, he improved his sack total to 10. Another example is Kayvon Thibodeaux, who improved his sack total from four in 2022 to 11.5 in 2023.

    For Anudike-Uzomah, though, he’ll have to earn a starting spot if he wants to break out. Fellow former first-round pick George Karlaftis holds down one side, while Anudike-Uzomah will compete with Mike Danna and Charles Omenihu for the other spot. If he can win the role in camp, a breakout could be very much in the cards.

    CB Jaylen Watson

    With L’Jarius Sneed out the door following his trade, the Chiefs will need another corner or two to step up besides Trent McDuffie, who is a star in his own right. That’s where Jaylen Watson comes in, as he’s started eight games and had action in 32 games since being taken in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    With 82 career tackles, two sacks, 12 pass deflections, three interceptions, and one touchdown, Watson is likely the next man up at outside cornerback. He’ll get the opportunity this year, and if he can take advantage of it, he could have a chance to become the next highly touted Chiefs corner.

    DB Chamarri Conner

    The loss of Sneed could put Chamarri Conner in a position to break out in 2024 like Watson. If the Chiefs decide to move McDuffie outside alongside Watson, that opens a spot in the nickel where Conner could play.

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    Listed as a safety coming out of college, Conner was a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech. According to Pro Football Focus, though, he spent most of his snaps at nickel (1,339 snaps to 911 everywhere else), making him the perfect fit for the starting job.

    He’s played in all 17 games in the NFL while starting seven. He recorded 36 tackles, one interception, and one pass deflection.

    OT Wanya Morris

    The loss of Donovan Smith at left tackle leaves a big hole that will be filled by one of two players, second-year OT Wanya Morris or rookie Kingsley Suamataia. While Suamataia, a 2024 second-round pick, could very well be the guy, the Chiefs might not want to start a rookie in the most important spot on the offensive line.

    A third-round pick in 2023 out of Georgia, Morris could use what he learned as a rookie and slot in at the tackle spot while protecting Patrick Mahomes’ blindside. He played in 14 games as a rookie, starting four of them. In those appearances, he took 340 snaps, recorded three penalties, and allowed two sacks, according to PFF.

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