With the news today that the Kansas City Chiefs have placed OT Ryan O'Callaghan on injured reserve, the Chiefs offensive tackle situation is coming into focus. I wasn't sure if O'Callaghan would have made the team -- there are arguments for and against that -- but he's not here anymore now so let's take a look at where the Chiefs stand at offensive tackle.
From the latest depth chart:
LT: Branden Albert, Jared Gaither, David Mims, Butch Lewis
RT: Barry Richardson,
Ryan O'Callaghan, Chris Harr
The Chiefs will keep three, maybe four offensive tackles. To me, Albert is the only for-sure keeper on that list. If no other offensive tackle is acquired after the final cut down day on Sept. 3, then you can add
Albert Richardson to that list.
From there, things get a little blurry.
I think the Chiefs want to keep Gaither on the team because his ceiling is so high but you really have to weigh his health and the importance of that roster spot if he can't stay healthy. I also think the Mims is a guy you want to keep on your roster. I don't think he's safe on the practice squad so, if you want him, the best bet is to keep him on the active roster.
If no other offensive tackles are picked up in the next week, Albert and Richardson are on the team. Then it comes down to Gaither, Mims or both, in my opinion.
How do you see the offensive tackle situation shaking out? How many do they keep? Will the Chiefs pick someone else up?