WATCH: Against the Browns, Brian Baldinger goes crazy for Chiefs rookie Trey Smith.
The new-look offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs made a strong first impression against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
According to Pro Football Focus, the offensive line, which included five new starters, only allowed 12 pressures overall, including two sacks. While rookie center Creed Humphrey had the most statistically remarkable performance of the group, Trey Smith, another rookie, had the most spectacular performance on film.
During the game, he only allowed one pressure, but his aggressiveness and ability to maintain his head swivel impressed the most.
Of course, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, who is all over the Chiefs’ new-look offensive line during the preseason, was impressed with his performance. After the game, he delivered one of his trademark “Baldy Breakdowns” of the youngster on Twitter, and it didn’t let him down.
In the video, Baldinger says, “I spent a lot of time in the preseason talking about this rebuilt Kansas City Chiefs offensive line, but I want to focus here on the rookie right guard Trey Smith out of Tennessee because he’s got a deadly right hand.” “For a right hand, he’s got a cannon.
He takes the lead with his right hand and then looks at what he does: he keeps his opponents close to the line of scrimmage.
“And it’s like play after play,” says the narrator. Watch him versus (Malik) Jackson; there’s the right hand, and he’s the one who takes the lead. Take a look at what (quarterback Patrick) Mahomes has to throw behind him. That’s something he really enjoys. Who doesn’t like this guy’s right hand right here?”
Check it out:
.@Chiefs @TreySmith73 is the new rookie right guard of the #Chiefs with a Howitzer for a right hand. He punishes defensive lineman with it. What an incredible find for the #chiefskingdom #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/1OPmwqpCqi
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) September 16, 2021
The punch in Smith’s right hand appeared to amaze Baldinger the most during Smith’s debut.
He dubbed it a “Howitzer” and characterized it as “lethal.” Baldinger demonstrated Smith’s ability to lead and dominate opponents with his right hand on many occasions.
Baldinger also showed off some of Smith’s strength and leverage in the run game, something he showed off on Sunday.
The greatest part of the analysis, however, is Baldinger’s emphasis on Mahomes’ time and a clean pocket
behind the new offensive line. It’s a long cry from what Chiefs fans saw in Super Bowl LV, especially
against one of the league’s best defensive fronts.