It’s the forgotten avenue of team development â€“ improvement from within.
There are players that management and the coaching staff are counting on to improve their level of play on offense, defense and/or special teams. The top five players on that list are: WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Allen Bailey, QB Brady Quinn, CB Jalil Brown and C Rodney Hudson. All play key positions where improvement is needed, either via their performance or by forcing teammates to raise the level of their play. On Tuesday we looked at WR Jonathan Baldwin, Wednesday it was DE Allen Bailey, Thursday it was QB Brady Quinn and Friday it was CB Jalil Brown. We wrap up the package with C Rodney Hudson.
There may be no player on the Chiefs roster that has had more eggs placed in his basket at the start of the 2012 season than Rodney Hudson.
Last season’s second-round draft choice is the starting center, the pivot man, the guy who starts every offensive play, the man who must handle the duties of figuring out what defenders are on the field, where they might be going and what adjustments the Chiefs offense must make. Hudson steps into that role replacing the retired veteran Casey Wiegmann.
Other than the Indianapolis Colts replacing Peyton Manning with the NFL Draft’s No. 1 choice Andrew Luck, no other spot in the league will see a greater change in old to new. Wiegmann finished his 15-year NFL career last season closing out a herculean streak of 11,162 consecutive snaps. He had not missed a game or a snap going all the way back to the 2001 season.
Hudson comes to center without having played a down at the position during his four-year career at Florida State. Hudson did not get a single snap at center last year during his rookie season. His only experience was working the position during the 2011 NFL pre-season, and he’ll get all the snaps during the 2012 pre-season. That’s a must because there’s only so much that can come from working in practice, especially in cases like the OTA sessions going on right now, where linemen are not wearing pads and theirs is none of the hitting that makes it football.
By selecting him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 55th choice, the Chiefs made very public their thoughts on Hudson the football player. Most of the league had the same sort of feelings about the 6-2, 300-pound native of Mobile, Alabama. He was a guard for the Seminoles, where he played in 53 games, started in 50, including 48 consecutive starts at the end of his time at FSU. All of those starts were at left guard, where he won conference honors in all four seasons.
So why do the Chiefs believe this guard who got only 136 plays in his rookie NFL season is the man to take over one of the most important positions on the team? …Read More!