Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight, De'Anthony Thomas, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman (FB), James Baker (FB), Jordan Campbell (FB)
I see three roster locks on here: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas. If you want to call De'Anthony Thomas a running back ... which is where he's lined up in his few practices with the team. The other players may need special teams to make the roster.
McKnight, DAT, West, Baker and Campbell are new this year. But the players who are likely to see the most playing time are back from last year -- Charles, Davis and Sherman. The bottom end of the depth chart could see some changes, however. The Chiefs should know from experience that those players matter ... a lot. It was late in the Chiefs-Colts playoff game last January when Alex Smith threw a critical deep pass to Cyrus Gray, who was in the game thanks to injuries to Charles and Davis. (Now I'm depressed thinking about him dropping it.)
McKnight seemed like a decent candidate to make the roster but has started camp on PUP.
The big question
Should the Chiefs spell Jamaal Charles with Knile Davis more often? Last season was outstanding, easily Charles' best season of his career. He handled more than a third of the Chiefs offense and showed he was arguably the most important non-quarterback in the league. He was a legitimate MVP candidate in any non-Peyton-going-crazy year. So, can he do that again? Should he do that again?
The hard part about this is that Charles is so good with the ball in his hands it's hard to be in favor of a plan that involves him touching it less. Charles' usage is one of the biggest keys for the Chiefs offense this year.
Best case scenario
Jamaal Charles stays on the field. If he's on the field, he's producing. Simple as that, really. His time in the NFL has proven that. So the key here is to keep Charles healthy and on the field.
My two cents on the big question, it would also be great if the Chiefs could work Knile Davis into the rotation more. If you're up three scores in the fourth quarter, that needs to be Knile's time.
Worst case scenario
Look, I'm not trying to curse anything or anyone here, so I'm just going to avoid mentioning the worst case scenario.