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Chiefs guard Parker Ehinger has high expectations for Chiefs’ screen game

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Parker Ehinger participated in drills at rookie camp in May.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Parker Ehinger participated in drills at rookie camp in May. along@kcstar.com

Parker Ehinger doesn’t want to toot his own horn, but there’s no way around it: he’s the favorite to win the left guard position.

And even if Zach Fulton eventually wins the spot over Ehinger, the Chiefs’ screen-heavy offense seems perfect for Ehinger, who routinely would swing to the flat on screens during his four years at the University of Cincinnati.

With Tyreek Hill and DeAnthony Thomas running those screens through practices, Ehinger’s job has been made a bit easier. But it’s also reminded him of Cincinnati.

“We got out on screens a whole lot, and we were good in the screen game my junior year,” Ehinger said. “I like moving to open space, getting on a guy, and putting him on the ground.”

Whether it’s as a swing guard or as the starting left guard, which is where he ran with the first-team in organized-team activities, he’s going to be out on the field. That’s exactly where he wanted to be and where he thought he would be when he was drafted by the Chiefs.

“I’m not downplaying anyone, but I knew I could come in and possible compete,” Ehinger said. “Whether I’m a starter, obviously that doesn’t come down to my decision, that’s coach (Andy) Reid and coach (Andy) Heck’s decision. But, whatever comes Sunday, if I can be their sixth man swing guy, or wherever they need me, I’m happy to play wherever.”

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