July 29, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Donatari Poe (92) and center Rob Bruggeman (60) run blocking drills during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
The KC Chiefs depth chart was released last night, the first depth chart of training camp. There weren't any total stunners on the depth chart but there were a few interesting tidbits.
We went over four surprises on the offensive side of the ball earlier. Now, we hit five surprises on the defensive side of the ball.
The surprise is the lack of surprises. Just three first teamers weren't on the first team last year. Anthony Toribio at nose tackle and Stanford Routt at cornerback are two new players while Justin Houston, who didn't overtake the starting job until midseason, is also on the first team. Lots of continuity in this group.
Dontari Poe is on the second team. OK, this isn't really a surprise. It's the way they've lined up in camp for the most part and it's pretty much what we expected. Anthony Toribio is on the first team and it looks like he has a good shot to line up as the starter in Week 1. We know Poe is the future at this position at some point. Also of note here is that Jerrell Powe, last year's sixth round pick, is on the third team. I can't see the Chiefs keeping three nose tackles on the active roster.
Ropati Pitoitua is ahead of Allen Bailey at defensive end. Tyson Jackson is the starter, as expected, but it's behind him and in what order that leaves me a little surprised. I didn't expect a whole lot of out Pitoitua when KC signed him but he's had a solid camp so far and establishing himself as someone who could make the 53-man roster. I don't think anything's wrong with Bailey; I think it says more about Pitoitua's play.
Safeties have new backups. Again, not a surprise considering where he lined up in OTAs and training camp but Travis Daniels is now the second team safety behind Kendrick Lewis and Abe Elam, signed this offseason, is backing up Eric Berry. That's two new backup safeties to the group and, including Berry's absence last year, three of the top four safeties are different from last season.
Jalil Brown moves on up. There hasn't been an unknown player that has totally wowed me at training camp but Jalil Brown is close. The second year player has had a solid camp and he's making it hard on the Chiefs in the secondary, at least when it comes to the depth chart. Brown is now backing up Brandon Flowers at cornerback after sitting on the third team last year.
The complete Chiefs depth chart is posted below.
K Ryan Succop, Matt Szymanski
KO Ryan Succop, Matt Szymanski
PC Thomas Gafford, Cory Greenwood, Andy Studebaker
KC Thomas Gafford, Cory Greenwood, Andy Studebaker
H Dustin Colquitt, Brady Quinn, Ricky Stanzi
PR Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie
KR Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie