53 Man Roster Prediction for the Kansas City Chiefs

Training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs begins on Saturday, July 27th in St. Joesph, Missouri. By the end of the preseason the Chiefs must decide who they will keep on their 53 man roster before they play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. With Brett Veach, the general manager, and his staff consulting with Andy Reid and the other coaches as the Chiefs will have a lot weighing on these decision as the could be a Super Bowl year for the Chiefs.

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Here is the entire Chiefs roster heading into training camp.

These are my predictions for the final Kansas City Chiefs 53 man roster at the end of training camp:

Offense

Quarterbacks

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Chad Henne

Practice Squad: Chase Litton

Patrick Mahomes is a no-brainer choice to make this roster. He comes off a MVP season, which he threw for 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards. Mahomes will certainly continue his form into the 2019 season as the Chiefs look to make a Super Bowl run. Last offseason the Chiefs signed Chad Henne to a two year deal, so he could give the Chiefs a veteran quarterback to help Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs will keep him around for the last year of his contract to backup the MVP. Last year’s practice squad man Chase Litton and Kyle Shurmur are fighting for the practice squad spot this year. I think the experience of being around the team for a year helps Litton edge out this battle and he earns a spot on the practice squad.

Running Backs

  1. Damien Williams
  2. Carlos Hyde
  3. Darrell Williams
  4. Darwin Thompson

Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy stated, “Damien Williams is our starter, and we expect him to excel in that role.” This confidence in Williams makes him a lock to make the roster and most likely to be the starter heading into week 1. The Chiefs signed Carlos Hyde this offseason after a disappointing season with the Browns. Carlos Hyde is a down hill thumper and will most likely be the lead back when it comes to 3rd and 1 or overall short yardage downs. The last two running back on this roster are a pair of young guns. Darrell Williams got some playing time towards the end of the season, even scoring a touchdown against the Chargers. Sixth round pick Darwin Thompson got high praise from the Chiefs staff members after they admitted they felt lucky that he fell to them and they were desperately trying to trade up to get him.

Fullback

  1. Anthony Sherman

Come on. The Chiefs will not be cutting Anthony Sherman. He is a pivotal part of the blocking schemes, occasionally picks up short yardage, and even scores the long ball.

Wide Receivers

  1. Tyreek Hill
  2. Sammy Watkins
  3. Demarcus Robinson
  4. Mecole Hardman
  5. Byron Pringle
  6. Gehrig Dieter
  7. Marcus Kemp

Practice Squad: Cody Thompson

Tyreek Hill is the unquestioned number 1 receiver on this team after having his best year as a pro. Now that the NFL has ruled that he will not be suspended, he will no doubt start on the Chiefs roster. Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson were both on the roster last year and though Sammy struggled with injuries, the familiarity and their skill will guarantee them a spot on this team. Another player who will inevitably be on this roster is second round pick Mecole Hardman. His speed, ball skills, and return ability will allow him to have a big role during his rookie season. Another guy who will technically be playing his first season is Byron Pringle. Pringle injured his hamstring last year during training camp and the Chiefs placed him on IR. This year he looks fast and strong than ever and bound to make an impact for this team. The last two guys will make the roster for similar reasons. Gehrig Dieter and Marcus Kemp are great special teams guys. On top of being great at special team, Dieter is good friends with Mahomes, Hill, and overall a well-liked guy in the locker room. Cody Thompson is a good rookie who brings a similar skillset to Dieter, but his unfamiliarity with the offense will put him on the practice squad. This offseason Mahomes, Hill, Watkins, Robinson, Hardman, and Dieter have all been working hard to becoming the best receiving core in the league and lead this team to a Super Bowl.

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Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Deon Yedler

Practice Squad: John Lovett

All-Pro Tight End Travis Kelce has been the center of the prolific Chiefs offense for years now. Even though he had “clean-up” ankle surgery, he will be ready for the start of camp. The second tight end may be the most interesting position on this team. The Chiefs lack depth at the tight end position, however, one guy has caught the eye of Andy Reid, that is Deon Yedler. Deon Yedler will be the back up and will mostly playing on two tight end set or in blocking situations. The interesting players in this group in John Lovett. Lovett has been compared to Taysom Hill, his swiss army knife ability can be another threat for this Chiefs offense The converted quarterback will have an uphill battle to make this roster, but if the Chiefs can keep him on the practice squad, he can make an impact by the end of this year or the start of next year.

Offensive Linemen

  1. Mitchell Schwartz
  2. Eric Fisher
  3. Andrew Wylie
  4. Austin Reiter
  5. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  6. Nick Allegretti
  7. Khalil McKenzie
  8. Cameron Erving
  9. Ryan Hunter

The tackles, Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, have been there for years now. Schwartz is the best right tackle in football and coming off a First Team All-Pro selection. Fisher was very shaky in his first few years in the league, but now he is coming into his own after earning his first Pro Bowl selection. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif or should I say Dr. Duvernay-Tardif is coming off a season in which he got injured. He needs to play well this season to live up to that hefty contract he is signed too. Andrew Wylie, Austin Reiter, and Cameron Erving were all rotational player last season. This year they are going to be fighting for two spots, starting center and left guard. Khalil McKenzie just has his redshirt season as a Chief. They keep him on the roster for all 18 games, however, he never was in the 46 man roster on gameday. After last year, it is near impossible for the Chiefs to get rid of McKenzie after spending a roster spot all of last year. Nick Allegretti is a rookie, who showed promised during OTAs. If anyone in the interior goes down will an injury expect Allegretti to step in and show some promise. Ryan Hunter is a prospect. He is physical built and has the talent, but can he translate his skill to the NFL game.

Total Players on the Offense: 25

Defensive Linemen

  1. Chris Jones
  2. Frank Clark
  3. Alex Okafor
  4. Derrick Nnadi
  5. Breeland Speaks
  6. Tanoh Kpassagnon
  7. Khalen Saunders
  8. Emmanuel Ogbah
  9. Xavier Williams

The Chiefs lead the league in sack last season, but I would agree they are better and deeper on the defensive line than last season. Both Chris Jones and Frank Clark had double digit sacks last season. Frank Clark comes over from Seattle and brings an attitude that the defense seriously needs. Jones is currently looking for a contract extension, but looks like he is in the best shape of his life. Other edge rushers such as Alex Oakfor and Emmanual Ogbah came over in the offseason via free agency and trade. They will be rotation pieces, but look for both of them to get five sacks and possibly one start. Former second round picks Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks have disappointed early in their careers. This is a make or break season for both of them. Kpassagnon is a freak of nature standing a 6’7 and Speaks in a bull rusher who has so funny gifs in his career. The last three guys are interior lineman. Xavier Williams started at DT last season before being replaced for rookie Derrick Nnadi. Look for Nnadi to start from the beginning of the season and have an impact on the pressure and run game. Lastly, rookie Khalen Saunders is too athletic to not get playing time. His backflips at the senior bowl shows that he has the athleticism, he now needs to hone it in and become a malling run stopper for the Chiefs.

Linebackers

  1. Anthony Hitchens
  2. Reggie Ragland
  3. Darron Lee
  4. Damien Wilson
  5. Dorian O’Daniel
  6. Ben Niemann

Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland were the starters in last year’s 3-4 defense. This year switching to a 4-3, Hitchens should be more comfortable as he had his best year in that defense for Dallas. Darron Lee and Damien Wilson were both offseason addition for the Chiefs. Darron Lee should help as a coverage linebacker as he was top 5 in that category last year. Wilson will most likely start at the Will Linebacker and should make an impact for the Chiefs. Dorian O’Daniel and Ben Niemann were rookie last year who saw limited playing time, they were both contributors on special teams, however. Dorian O’Daniel has one of the best downhill speed I’ve seen from a linebacker, the question is can he translate it into the NFL game. Niemann is a solid tackler and can be a good middle linebacker in the future.

Cornerbacks

  1. Kendall Fuller
  2. Bashaud Breeland
  3. Charvarius Ward
  4. Keith Reaser
  5. Mark Fields
  6. Rashad Fenton

Kendall Fuller was traded to the Chiefs for Alex Smith during the 2018 offseason. During the 2017 he was rated as the best slot corner in the NFL. Due to the lack of cornerbacks he played out of position last year and struggle. I think he will have a bounce back year and he plays a pivotal role on this defense. The other two starters, Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward, need to step up. Breeland is playing on a one year deal and Ward after improving throughout his rookie season needs to continue that upward trend. AAF standout Keith Reaser, who was in Chiefs training camp last year, is familiar with the team, however with a new defense staff he will need to learn his role and be an above average backup. Two rookies Mark Field and Rashad Fenton are raw prospects. They both have skills, but will need to be coachable and absorb all the information they can from the staff and the veterans.

Safeties

  1. Tyrann Mathieu
  2. Juan Thornhill
  3. Armani Watts
  4. Jordan Lucas

The Chiefs added two starters this year at the safety position. They signed Tyrann Mathieu to a three year deal in the offseason. He will be the heart and soul of this defense. His energy and attitude will rub off on others. He is not the only safety the Chiefs added with ball skills. They also added second round pick Juan Thornhill. Thornhill impressed at Virginia and many people believed he could go in round 1. He fell to the Chiefs in round 2 and will compliment Mathieu in the backfield. The two backups at this role impressed in their little playing time last season. Armani Watts was playing really well and starting to get more playing time in his rookie season before getting injured. Jordan Lucas, who came over in a trade with the Dolphins, played significant time with Eric Berry missing most of the season. The surprise here is Daniel Sorenson not making the roster. I believe that he should have been cut years ago and this is the time to do it as he is an odd man out.

Total Players on the Defense: 25

Specialists

  1. Punter Dustin Colquitt
  2. Kicker Harrison Butker
  3. Long Snapper James Winchester

Practice Squad: Punter Jack Fox

There is really no competition her for either Harrison Butker or James Winchester. Dustin Colquitt’s job is also pretty safe despite the Chiefs have Jack Fox on their current roster. Because of Colquitt’s age, Fox will most likely be put on the practice squad and if Colquitt is done after this year he can be the team’s punter next year.

Total Players on the Specialists: 3

Total Players: 53

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