Joe Thuney brings Championship experience as leader of Chiefs’ new O-line squad
St. Joseph News-Press
Among the myriad of off-season additions, Joe Thuney has been one of the most valuable pickups for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Two-time Super Bowl champion and 2019 All-Pro second team, Thuney brings experience and versatility to an offensive lineman in transition in Kansas City.
“The organization is first class, everyone has been so welcoming,” Thuney said. “I feel good here, really happy to be here.”
North Carolina State’s 2016 third-round pick, Thuney spent the first five years of his career with the New England Patriots. With the Patriots, Thuney played in three consecutive Super Bowls in each of his first three seasons in the league, the first player in NFL history to do so.
Although he mainly plays as a goalkeeper, Thuney has experience in the middle and even in tackle. That versatility will help, as the Chiefs begin to rock a starting line squad at training camp.
The 28-year-old brings playoff experience to an aspiring dynasty in Kansas City. Thuney said Chiefs players work hard and there is a different perception of how things work.
“I think everyone just wants to try to take action and move on, including me,” Thuney said. “It was great to be on the pitch with these guys and can’t wait to see more.”
Thuney will be a leader for an offensive line group with a lot of new faces.
“The offensive line room is a great room,” Thuney said. “It’s a great combination of old and young and trying to dig into my playbook and learn all there is to learn on the offensive.”
Another newcomer is left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who is expected to be Patrick Mahomes’ blind side protector for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old double pro bowler replaces longtime Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher, who was released during the offseason.
Thuney said he is excited to continue working with Brown in the future.
“We’ve been working together for a little while now, and it’s been going well,” Thuney said. “I take him from day to day, but he’s a great guy and a very good player.”
Other additions include 2021 draft picks Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. Thuney said he saw Smith a lot during their first interactions and was excited to continue working with his new teammates.
“Trey works really, really hard. He also gets into his playbook a lot. He’s a strong guy, he works hard and he’s explosive,” Thuney said. “It was fun getting to know him and getting to know all the guys. Like I said, just take it one day at a time.”