Over the course of a few months, Chiefs guard Zach Fulton went from being a 16-game starter to fighting for a role.
However, the 6-foot-5, 316-pound second-year pro has earned the majority of second-team reps at right guard behind starter Jeff Allen, and he is doing all he can to show his versatility, including logging a handful of snaps at center with the second team.
“I’ve never played center in a game,” Fulton said. “But starting in camp last year, I was working at center, and a little bit in practice during the season. It never hurts to have too many centers.”
Fulton, however, said he’s taking roughly the same number of snaps at center as he did last year. The Chiefs already have three centers on the roster in first-teamer Eric Kush, second-teamer Mitch Morse and third-teamer Daniel Munyer.
“We’re constantly rotating guys in and out, and Zach’s been one of the guys we’ve rotated at center,” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “You know, you’ve got to have those guys, you’ve got to have those guards and centers that can switch spots. … It just makes you a little more flexible and dynamic up front.”
That’s just fine with Fulton, who is enjoying the process of working to carve out a role, whether it’s as a starter or otherwise.
“Competing, for me, is fun,” Fulton said. “It’s just going to make the guy in front of you and the guy behind you better. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.”