Chiefs trust Andrew Wylie to battle at right tackle

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

With Mike Remmers on injured reserve and Lucas Niang still out of practice, the Kansas City Chiefs are trending toward a second consecutive start at right tackle for Andrew Wylie.

Earning his first start of the season in Week 10 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Wylie held his own against the best pressure-producing edge rusher in the league. While it wasn’t the prettiest performance, he held Maxx Crosby without a sack this past Sunday. They’re not exactly out here awarding style points and Wylie proved that he could do enough to help Kansas City get the win in enemy territory.

“When you add in a guy like (Andrew) Wylie, who I’ve played with a while now, that guy is going to battle,” Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes told reporters. “He’s going to fight to the very end, and you saw that last week when he went up against a really good defensive end and he held his own.”

A former undrafted free agent in the 2017 NFL draft out of Eastern Michigan, Wylie has become a bit of a jack-of-all-trades for Kansas City He has started games at left guard, right guard and right tackle during his career, with some starts more successful than others.

“Andrew (Wylie) is very similar to Mike (Remmers) in that way,” Chiefs OL Coach Andy Heck said. “Versatile guy who loves ball and you can ask him to do any number of jobs and do it at a high level.”

Wylie’s versatility certainly makes him a valuable asset to the Chiefs, but the trait most commonly identified by his peers and coaches is his willingness to battle snap-to-snap. He exemplified this against the Raiders in Week 10, with both Mahomes and Heck taking notice.

“Andrew (Wylie) has got some games under his belt now, so he’s an experienced guy,” Heck said. “Was it his best? I don’t know. I was really proud of him. He had a great challenge of working against an old teammate (Maxx Crosby), a very good rusher, and he went out there and battled. Then, hey, he won some, he lost some. The thing I was most pleased about was, ‘OK, he got me on that one.’ Then, he came right back and put together a great snap against him. That’s one of the things I love about Andrew. At a moment’s notice, I could say, ‘Hey, go jump in there at left guard.’ And he could do it and do a nice job.”

Wylie will face another tough task in Week 11, with Dorance Armstrong, Chauncey Golston and rookie Micah Parsons headlining the Cowboys pass-rush this week. No matter who he’s set to face, those in Kansas City take solace in the fact that Wylie will give it his all and battle for a full four quarters of football.

List

Thursday injury report for Chiefs vs. Cowboys, Week 11