Last week at Chiefs training camp, I was talking with 610 Sports' Nick Wright and he said it seemed like people were surprised when he suggested WR Jerheme Urban could be a starter heading into the season opposite WR Dwayne Bowe. I, for one, wouldn't be surprised. I agreed completely with him -- I think Urban is the favorite to be the starter opposite Bowe in Week 1.
The Chiefs first depth chart -- very early and unofficial -- has Bowe and Urban starting on the outside. (WR Steve Breaston is listed behind Urban but that changes if they start in the slot which is why receiver depth charts are a little difficult to read.)
Here's what the Chiefs receiver depth chart looks like:
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Terrance Copper, Zeke Markshausen, Chris Manno
WR: Jerheme Urban, Steve Breaston, Jonathan Baldwin, Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne, Chandler Williams, Josue Paul
You see McCluster is listed here with the receivers. He's been working with the running backs quite a bit during camp. Interesting to note they still list him at receiver.
I'd stick with my prediction that Urban at least starts the season right there. Baldwin will be about six weeks into his career as a Chief by Week 1 so he could take some time to see substantial playing time. (Or I could be totally wrong and he starts Week 1.)
So these are my locks to make it: Bowe, Baldwin and Breaston. After that, you have, what, just a few spots? I'm sure McCluster will make it, and I think Urban will but that's not even guaranteed. Copper just received a three-year deal.
That's six guys and it leaves you with Markshausen, Manno, Tucker, Horne, Williams and Josue Paul.
The Chiefs seem stacked, on paper at least, at receiver. I'd stick with those six and look for a receiver or two (that is eligible) to land on the practice squad. That said, there's always a surprise or two during cut down day so maybe one of these guys stands out enough.