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Five Chiefs Training Camp Position Battles

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SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31:  Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn instructs Ricky Stanzi #13 and Matt Cassel #7 during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn instructs Ricky Stanzi #13 and Matt Cassel #7 during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It's that time of year to be talking about Kansas City Chiefs training camp battles. I went through the roster and I really didn't see as many open positions as I thought. (The team will say everyone is competing but we know positions like quarterback and No. 1 receiver are established)

There are also a couple of positions that I'd file under "TBD", like right tackle. But here are the top five position battles in training camp as I see it.
Backup quarterback: Tyler Palko vs. Ricky Stanzi: I've argued the Chiefs should also bring in a veteran -- the problem is, I'm not quite sure who -- to compete with these guys. Stanzi, I would guess, makes the team.

Nose tackle: Kelly Gregg vs. Anthony Toribio vs. Jerrell Powe: We're guessing this goes to Gregg but I imagine one or both of the other guys will be involved as the season goes along.

No. 2 receiver: Jonathan Baldwin vs. Jerheme Urban vs. Steve Breaston: I don't really know how this will shake out. I can see a scenario where Chiefs coach Todd Haley keeps Baldwin out of the starting line-up early in the season, maybe giving Urban some time.

Inside linebacker: Jovan Belcher vs. Brandon Siler: Ultimately, I think they end up splitting time but Siler was just added this week so he'll have a shot.

Outside linebacker: Andy Studebaker vs. Justin Houston: Houston's chance gets less likely with each passing day that he's not in camp. It may be gone already.