Looking at the two-deep: offense

The Kansas City Chiefs may make another move or two before this year’s NFL draft begins on May 8, but the bulk of their roster is set before they use their six picks. Here’s a look at their two-deep depth chart on offense (We’ll take a look at the defense and special teams in a later post):


Starter: Alex Smith; Backup: Chase Daniel; Others: Tyler Bray. The Chiefs may add another quarterback but only as an additional arm to get them through off-season practice and training camp. Otherwise, the depth chart here looks set.

Running back

Starter: Jamaal Charles; Backup: Knile Davis; Others: Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight. As long as Davis is back to full health after breaking his leg, the only intrigue here is whether McKnight can take Gray’s roster spot. McKnight has kick-return ability so it could happen.


Starter: Anthony Sherman; Others: Jordan Campbell, Eric Kettani. Unless one of the others shows crazy skills or there’s an injury, the Chiefs will keep just one player here and it will be Sherman. He had a big season as a lead blocker last year.

Wide receiver

Starters: Donnie Avery, Dwayne Bowe. Backups: Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins. Others: Weston Dressler, Frankie Hammond Jr., Jerrell Jackson, Rashad Ross, Fred Williams. Of all the position groups, this is the one that will undergo the most upheaval between now and the start of training camp. The Chiefs are looking for receivers and will add one and probably more.

Tight end

Starter: Anthony Fasano. Backup: Sean McGrath. Others: Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris, Travis Kelce. Kelce, a third-round draft pick last season, could wind up playing a lot if he’s healthy. The Chiefs had plans for him last year before a knee ailment ruined his season. The Chiefs need more from their tight ends than the 53 catches they got from the position last year.

Left tackle

Starter: Eric Fisher; Backup: Donald Stephenson. Fisher has much improvement to make from his rookie season as he will be replacing long-time starter Branden Albert. Stephenson will start at right tackle but would replace Fisher on the left side in case of an injury.

Left guard

Starter: Jeff Allen; Backup: Jeff Linkenbach. Other: Rokevious Watkins. The Chiefs made the signing of Linkenbach a priority in free agency because he can play many of the line positions. Watkins started one game last season.


Starter: Rodney Hudson; Backup: Eric Kush. Hudson is headed into the final year of his contract so the Chiefs need to keep an eye on the future here. They drafted Kush last season in the sixth round and he started one game in 2013.

Right guard

Starter: Rishaw Johnson; Backup: Linkenbach. Others: Chandler Burden, Ricky Henry. Johnson, who started one game last season, inherits the spot after the Chiefs lost Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah to free agency. But the Chiefs could add some competition here through the draft or free agency.

Right tackle

Starter: Stephenson. Backup: Linkenbach. Others: R.J. Dill, Colin Kelly. Stephenson started 14 games over the past two seasons and the Chiefs seem quite comfortable going with him as a full-time regular.