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Kansas City Chiefs roster bubble: Training camp will have a kicker battle

Who are the KC Chiefs locks and bubble players on special teams? Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) gives his take as we await the start of training camp.

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Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub has built arguably one of the most fundamentally sound special teams in the NFL. The players are always prepared and rarely cause penalties. The Chiefs typically started in favorable field position on both sides of the ball due to their special teams.


Locks to make the roster (specialists)

Dustin Colquitt: Colquitt is one of the most consistent punters in the league. He has tremendous hang time. The 10-year veteran is a game changer in terms of field position. Colquitt also has no competition at the position so he is considered a lock.

Thomas Gafford: Gafford rarely makes errors and has been a constant at longsnapper.

On the bubble (specialists)

Cairo Santos: The undrafted free agent out of Tulane will give Ryan Succop a serious challenge. Santos has impressive range. He was able to hit 60-yard field goals consistently during the indoor portions of the offseason. Santos also boomed the kickoffs into the back corner of the endzone on a regular basis in outdoors work. He has a solid thud in his kicks similar to Greg Zuerlein of the Rams. Santos will need to prove he can stay consistent and accurate in pressure situations. The ideal situation is Santos attempting multiple game winning kicks in the preseason. He has a very realistic shot of making this roster.

Ryan Succop: He has solid accuracy and rarely misses the uprights. Succop lacks the range of Stanos though. He struggles from outside of fifty yards. Succop most remain consistent in training camp and the pre-season and hope that Santos lack of experience in pressure shows. Succop's cap hit the next three seasons also works against him. The six-year veteran is set to have hits of $2.708 Mil (2014), $3.508 Mil (2015) and $3.258 Mil (2016). Succop is in for his most serious challenger to date.

Locks to make the roster (returners)

Knile Davis

De'Anthony Thomas

On the bubble (returners)

Joe McKnight

Kyle Williams

Weston Dressler

Frankie Hammond Jr

Albert Wilson


Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas are expected to make the roster. McKnight showed impressive burst and vision when returning kicks. He can also play other special teams positions and work in the backfield. Williams needs to show he is healthy and earn a spot at receiver. Dressler had some bobbles during spring practices and will need to be consistent during camp. Hammond excelled at returning last preseason. Wilson has impressive speed as a returner and could force his way onto the roster with solid returns in preseason action.

That wraps up the roster locks and bubbles series. The players can now let their performances do the talking in St. Joseph, Mo.

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