Kansas City Chiefs' projected roster

August, 25, 2014
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Examining the Kansas City Chiefs' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

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)

Gray deserves to make the roster even though he won't play much on offense. He's a good special teams player and a dependable runner if the Chiefs need him.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Dwayne Bowe is suspended for the season's first game, so I've left him off this list. The Chiefs might keep only five receivers for the opener against Tennessee. If so, Hammond could be the one who goes.

TIGHT END (3)

This position seems set unless an injury changes their plans.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
Donald Stephenson's four-game, season-opening suspension is a game-changer. The Chiefs almost certainly have to keep Harris, the only player off the bench they could feel comfortable with at left tackle. Linkenbach's versatility now helps and he could wind up starting at right left guard or right tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)

Perhaps Mike Catapano will make the roster but he's missed so much practice time and all of the preseason, so the Chiefs will more likely start the season without him.

LINEBACKER (9)

Like Catapano, the Chiefs may decide to keep Joe Mays on their roster. But he's going to be out for some time because of his surgically repaired wrist so I'll have the Chiefs starting the season without him.

CORNERBACK (5)

A bigger intrigue than which players the Chiefs keep is the identity of the two starters.

SAFETY (4)

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 could also keep the newly acquired Kelcie McCray.

SPECIALISTS (3)

The Chiefs have no fear about going with a rookie, Santos, as their kicker. So he could claim a job over veteran incumbent Ryan Succop.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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