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Chiefs’ Zach Fulton still taking some snaps at center

Kansas City Chiefs guard Zach Fulton (center) blocked outside linebacker Ramik Wilson (left) during training camp practice Friday morning in St. Joseph. Fulton says he’s been taking a few snaps at center again at this year’s training camp, but he’s earned most his reps at right guard.
Kansas City Chiefs guard Zach Fulton (center) blocked outside linebacker Ramik Wilson (left) during training camp practice Friday morning in St. Joseph. Fulton says he’s been taking a few snaps at center again at this year’s training camp, but he’s earned most his reps at right guard. deulitt@kcstar.com

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.”

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor breaks down the day's activity at Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph Friday morning.

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