Ahead of tonight’s third preseason game, this is our second preseason installment of projecting the Chiefs 53-man roster.
QUARTERBACKS (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray
There is no question up to this point that this is still Smith’s team. With Mahomes now moving up to second team, we think Bray will now make the team as the third teamer, instead of Mahomes as the third teamer and someone not yet on the roster as the backup
Practice Squad candidate: Joel Stave
RUNNING BACK/FULL BACK (5): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, C.J. Spiller, Charcandrick West, FB Anthony Sherman
We were leaning to West as the odd man out if the Chiefs kept just three backs, but he turned out a 100-yard effort on just seven carries in the 30-12 win over the Bengals. Yes, it was against a lot of guys that will get cut. But, it was also behind an OL full of guys that will get cut. With Spiller continuing to turn back the clock, we think both will make it and Andy Reid will break camp with 4 RB for the second time in his KC tenure. The next question at RB is who ends up getting the most touches, Hunt or Ware?
Practice Squad candidate: Devine Redding
WIDE RECEIVER (6): Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson, DeAnthony Thomas, Jehu Chesson, Albert Wilson
In: Albert Wilson
Out: Seantavious Jones
Andy Reid has kept six receivers in each of his seasons as the head man in Kansas City, and this year will be no different. Hill and Conley are locked in as the starters, and Chesson is certain to make it as the Chiefs traded up in the draft to get him. DAT is a wild card as he can do things behind the line of scrimmage and after the catch, as well on special teams and in the return game. For us, it comes down to Albert Wilson, and Seantavious Jones. And while we think Jones, who has quite the rapport with Mahomes, would be the best option, we’re picking Wilson to make the roster, despite his best contribution to the team last year coming on a fake-punt. Marcus Kemp is an outside contender.
Practice Squad candidate(s): Jones, Kemp, Gehrig Dieter
TIGHT END (3): Travis Kelce, Gavin Escobar, Demetrius Harris
In: Demetrius Harris
Out: Ross Travis
Surprisingly, the Chiefs kept four TE in all but one year of Reid’s tenure, and they have the guys to do so again this season, with Harris and Travis, as well as Orson Charles. But, with a numbers crunch, we don’t see it at this time. Kelce, the All-Pro, is coming off a career year and is the only clear lock. He’s also the real No. 1 target on this team, despite Hill’s status at the No. 1 WR. Beyond Kelce, Escobar, who is another receiving threat and an upgrade as a blocker over Harris, who like Travis, is a converted basketball player. Travis is raw, and Harris has proven to be a great redzone target, and that is the difference for us.
Practice Squad candidate: Travis, Charles
OFFENSIVE LINE (8): Eric Fisher, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mitchell Schwartz, Parker Ehinger, Zach Fulton, Bryan Witzmann, Donald Hawkins
In: Donald Hawkins
With contracts signed in the last year or two, as well as rookie drafts, the front 5 is as about as solid as it’s been since the Will Shields days. Since Reid has taken over Chiefs have stayed pretty steady at 8 OL. Keeping Witzmann and Fulton around give us a couple of Swiss Army Knives across the Offensive Line. Their versatility is what Reid likes with his reserve OL. Jah Reid and Andrew Tiller, Isaiah Battle and Jordan Devey are also in the hunt.
Practice Squad candidate(s): Isaiah Battle, Jordan Devey, Damien Mama
DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Chris Jones, Bennie Logan, Allen Bailey, Rakeem Nunez, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Roy Miller III
Jones, Logan, Bailey, Nunez and K-passa all should be safe barring something unexpected. Miller has been a great run stopper in his career and has a pretty good shot to make it as well, all though Jarvis Jenkins, Cam Thomas and David King aren’t just going to hand it to him.
Practice Squad candidate(s): David King
LINEBACKERS (9): Derrick Johnson, Ramik Wilson, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Ukeme Eligwe, Josh Mauga, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Dee Ford, Frank Zombo
PUP: Dadi Nicholas
In the middle, Johnson obviously is a shoo-in for the 53. Recently traded for Pierre-Louis has looked good on defense as well as special teams and has the ability to contribute on multiple levels. Eligwe is very talented and wouldn’t. Ramik Wilson has looked very good throughout the end of last season, and so far in the preseason. The final spot we give the edge to the vet, Mauga, who didn’t get his contract originally renewed but, when new GM Brett Veach was hired that was his first move was to bring him back to KC. Justin March-Lillard is still in the fight but, he has work to do if he wants to break the 53. Not too much to worry about on the outside. Houston, Hali and Ford are the guys. The final spot we are giving to the vet Zombo, who is a special teams ace. Marcus Rush and Earl Okine aren’t to be counted out, though, as both are having good camps.
Practice Squad candidate(s): Justin March-Lillard, Terrance Smith, Marcus Rush, Earl Okine
CORNERBACKS (5): Marcus Peters, Terrance Mitchell, Steven Nelson, Phillip Gaines, Kenneth Acker
In: Kenneth Acker
Out: DJ White
Peters is an obvious lock. Nelson has steadily gotten better since being drafted and is looking to make a larger impact this season. Mitchell after shuffling through multiple teams before finally getting a chance to start with the Chiefs because of injuries towards the end of the 2016 season. In the few weeks Mitchell had he made the most of it. Oft-injured Gaines, DJ White, Devantae Bausby and Acker are in the fight for the final two spots.
Bausby, the local product (Hogan Prep), is a nice story, and for that reason alone, we would love to see him make it, BUT, he is certainly on the outside looking in. He did play more snaps than any other Chief corner on Saturday, and held his own.
Practice Squad candidate(s): Ashton Lampkin, Bausby, Trevon Hartfield, Jacoby Glenn, White
SAFETIES (5): Eric Berry, Ron Parker, Daniel Sorenson, Eric Murray, Leon McQuay
Other than the recent addition of sixth round pick Leon McQuay, don’t expect any changes in the Safety position. It’s locked down with Berry, Parker, Sorenson and Murray.
SPECIAL TEAM (3): K Cairo Santos, P Dustin Colquitt, LS James Winchester
Unless some kind of serious injury these three aren’t going anywhere.
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