- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Kansas City Chiefs' roster:
At this point, it would be a surprise only if Smith isn’t the starter, Daniel isn’t the No. 2 quarterback and the Chiefs don’t keep Bray on their active roster. So the question is what the Chiefs do with Aaron Murray. The Chiefs saw this scenario developing and didn’t draft him to set him free this quickly.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
This is probably an overreaction to Charles' bruised foot, but I've added Gray since my last projection. He's a dependable runner and will help on special teams even if he doesn't get into the game on offense.
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Dwayne Bowe is suspended for the season's first game, so I've left him off this list. I might have had the Chiefs keep only five wide receivers for the first game, but Hemingway left Sunday night's game with an injury so I'm also keeping Hammond just in case
TIGHT END (3)
This position seems set unless an injury changes their plans.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
I've dropped Rishaw Johnson since my last projection. He could make the roster instead of Duvernay-Tardif if the Chiefs believe-Tardif could get through waivers and to the practice squad. But I'm not sure they could and I don't think the Chiefs would want to take that chance.
DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
There’s no need to keep more linemen, not with Poe playing so many snaps and the Chiefs occasionally using only two linemen, and sometimes one.
I replaced Josh Mauga with Nico Johnson because Mauga has been injured.
A bigger intrigue than which players the Chiefs keep is the identity of the two starters.
Berry's injury could force the Chiefs to keep a veteran backup. Neither Bronson nor Sorensen has played in a regular-season NFL game. Look for the Chiefs to be shopping the safety market.
The Chiefs have no fear about going with a rookie, Santos, as their kicker. So he could claim a job over veteran Ryan Succop with a strong preseason.
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