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Friday, May 23, 2014
Roster analysis 2013 to 2014: Safety

By Adam Teicher

Here's another installment of our detailed look at the Kansas City Chiefs roster by position with a determination whether they improved or not since the end of last season. Keep in mind that the Chiefs can continue to make roster moves and could make significant additions or subtractions before they arrive at training camp. But the bulk of the roster they will take to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph is intact.

We'll continue here with the safeties.

End of 2013: Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps, Husain Abdullah

Serious 2014 roster candidates: Berry, Abdullah, Sanders Commings, Jerron McMillian

Analysis: That the Chiefs passed on adding a safety through unrestricted free agency and the draft would indicate they're satisfied with either Commings or Abdullah starting along with Berry. Commings, a fifth-round draft pick last year, looked as if he was going to challenge for playing time last year before a broken collarbone suffered in training camp ruined his rookie season. Abdullah did a nice job for the Chiefs last season as a reserve, but he's been a backup most of his career for a reason. Whoever starts with Berry will play with a steadying influence and one of the NFL's best safeties. I listed McMillian as the fourth safety because he has a history with general manager John Dorsey when they were with the Green Bay Packers. But there's an opportunity for a younger player to claim a roster spot.

Better or worse? Worse. Too much uncertainty for my tastes. Lewis and Demps didn't play well, particularly toward the end of the season. But the Chiefs haven't improved just because they're gone.