With Justin Houston and Tamba Hali not in training camp due to injury, a spotlight shines on the middle of the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense to generate some pass rush.
It’s been a solid camp for the position group of defensive tackles and ends. Starters Jaye Howard, Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey have been superb. Chris Jones, the second-round draft pick from Mississippi State, has earned praise.
“We’ve been putting pressure on ourselves since day one,” Poe said. “It’s up to us to carry this team just as much as anyone else to see how far we can take it. It doesn’t matter who is in or who is out, we have to perform at a high level every day.”
The interior line accounted for 14 of the team’s 47 sacks last season. It might have to come up with a higher percentage with Houston’s return time uncertain.