- 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 (4)
I’m not including Cyrus Gray here but it wouldn’'t be much of an upset if he made it. He’s a good special-teams player and a dependable runner. He would have no role on offense unless both Charles and Davis are injured.
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
I’m substituting Williams for Frankie Hammond Jr. since my last roster projection. Williams has been around longer and the Chiefs might need his experience. Hemingway and Jenkins have returned to practice after missing last week's game with hamstring injuries. Their presence has most affected Hammond, who no longer is getting much work with the first-team offense.
TIGHT END (3)
This position seems set unless an injury changes their plans.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
Allen, a guard, has been playing a lot at tackle, a sign the Chiefs aren't comfortable with their backup options there. So off the bench look for the Chiefs to keep Harris at tackle, Henry and Johnson at guard, Kush at center and Duvernay-Tardif as a developmental prospect.
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.
After Dezman Moses injured his elbow and had surgery, these spots seem to be solidified. I don't have Nico Johnson making the roster but wonder whether the Chiefs are ready to give up on him after drafting him only last year.
Smith is finally getting some snaps with the first team after playing well against Cincinnati in last week's game.
I don't feel good about leaving rookie Daniel Sorensen off the roster, but the Chiefs can't afford to keep five players here. So I would expect the Chiefs to place him on their practice squad.
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.