Monday, July 28, 2014
Kansas City Chiefs’ projected roster
By Adam Teicher
Examining the Kansas City Chiefs' roster:
The Chiefs could go a lot of different directions here. The only certainty is a healthy Smith will start. Daniel, the veteran backup, could be traded if the Chiefs determine that either Bray or their other developmental prospect, Aaron Murray, is ready to be the No. 2. That’s unlikely, so the Chiefs need to determine what to do with Murray. They didn’t draft him to release him, so he could go on the injured reserve list. The Chiefs could also keep four quarterbacks. Whatever they do, the Chiefs should keep Bray, who is too talented to turn loose.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
There’s room for another player here if the Chiefs believe they need to keep two running backs in addition to Charles and Sherman, the fullback. They needed three in last season’s playoff game in Indianapolis. Thomas is listed as a back and has been getting some work as one, but he’s too small to be an every-down player if that’s what the Chiefs require. So Cyrus Gray, a useful special-teams player, could also stick.
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Other than perhaps Bowe, the Chiefs don't have a top-level receiver but they have some interesting roster candidates. Hammond and Williams are among them and each is off to a strong start at training camp.
TIGHT END (3)
Kelce’s troublesome knee could impact the roster decisions here. If his knee remains balky, the Chiefs could keep Richard Gordon.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
One starting tackle, Stephenson, injured an ankle while the other, Fisher, is limited because of a balky shoulder. So the Chiefs may have to keep an extra tackle and Harris could be it. He's getting a long look in training camp.
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.
At no other position on defense is the starting lineup so set with Derrick Johnson and Mays on the inside and Houston and Hali on the outside.
For the time being, at least, Cooper and Parker are the starters and Smith, their most accomplished cornerback, is running with the second team.
Commings has yet to practice at training camp because of an injured foot. If he doesn't return soon, the Chiefs may be forced to look for additional help here.
Rookie Cairo Santos has an impressive leg, but it’s difficult seeing the Chiefs going with a rookie kicker instead of the veteran Succop.