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Kansas City Chiefs have one CB left from the roster at this point last year

It is amazing what a difference a year can make when you have an active front office.

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I'm not here to tell anybody that this version of the Kansas City Chiefs is going to win the Super Bowl come February. Maybe this group will come together and make a spirited run, shocking much of the world and most of the people reading this piece. Perhaps they will fall apart and go 3-13. Likely, they will do something in between.

General manager John Dorsey has been vocal about building for the long haul and not the short term. His words were put into action this offseason when Dorsey decided to let several free agents walk for more lucrative offers, all the while building his core through the draft. Early returns on that draft are promising with Zach Fulton, Dee Ford and De'Anthony Thomas expected to contribute significantly.

So, how different is this team from last year at this point? How much better or worse is it in Year Two of the Dorsey regime? Let's take a look at the depth chart for Week 2 of the preseason last year:


WR: Jon Baldwin, Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie, Josh Bellamy, Frankie Hammond Jr.

LT: Branden Albert, Donald Stephenson, Hutch Eckerson

LG: Jeff Allen, Matt Reynolds

C: Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush, A.J. Hawkins

RG: Jon Asamoah, Ryan Durand, Rokevious Watkins, Tommie Draheim

RT: Eric Fisher, Geoff Schwartz, Steven Baker

TE: Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce, Tony Moeaki, Kevin Brock, Demetrius Harris

WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway, Terrance Copper, Tyler Shoemaker, Jamar Newsome, Rico Richardson

QB: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray, Ricky Stanzi

RB: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn, Cyrus Gray, Jordan Roberts

FB: Anthony Sherman, Braden Wilson, Toben Opurum


LDE: Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, Austen Lane, Mike Catapano

NT: Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe, Miguel Chavis

RDE: Mike DeVito, Anthony Toribio, Marcus Dixon, Rob Lohr

LOLB: Justin Houston, Frank Zombo, Josh Martin

LILB: Akeem Jordan, Nico Johnson, Orie Lemon

RILB: Derrick Johnson, Zac Diles, Darin Drakeford, Chad Kilgore

ROLB: Tamba Hali, Edgar Jones, Ridge Wilson

LCB: Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown, Vince Agnew, Greg Castillo, Semaj Moody

RCB: Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson, Neiko Thorpe, Kamaal McIlwain

SS: Eric Berry, Quintin Demps, Bradley McDougald, Otha Foster III

FS: Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Tysyn Hartman, Malcolm Bronson, Sanders Commings


P: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop

K: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

KO: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

LS: Thomas Gafford, Brad Madison

H: Dustin Colquitt, Chase Daniel, Ricky Stanzi

PR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie

KR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie

If you see things as I do (scary, I know) you probably see a roster bringing back its core sans Brandon Flowers. You also see much better depth almost across the board, but especially at linebacker, running back and receiver.

I'm also very happy with the turnover the Chiefs have had at corner. While the team has taken a hit without Flowers, I am pleased to see Dorsey being so aggressive with the turnover. Of the nine corners listed above, ONE remains on the roster. Dorsey has been very diligent in looking for answers, and that makes me believe he will find one soon if he hasn't already with Ron Parker, Phillip Gaines and Marcus Cooper.

The Chiefs have obvious holes at receiver, but again look at the turnover. Above, 12 receivers are listed and only Bowe, Hemingway, Avery and Hammond Jr. have returned. It showed that Dorsey is dedicated to fixing the problem without simply throwing money around at a quick fix. He wants to get the right players into Kansas City and will turn over every rock, for better or worse.

Other positions also show dramatic improvements. Instead of having Edgar Jones and Zac Diles as primary backups at linebacker, the Chiefs now possess youngsters in James-Michael Johnson and Dee Ford. At running back. Kansas City showcases De'Anthony Thomas over Shaun Draughn.

With as many as 11-12 draft picks in the 2015 NFL Draft (anticipated to be deep once again) Dorsey has positioned the Chiefs beautifully ... if he can hit on those selections. This year is not likely to yield a Super Bowl champion, but if Kansas City can continue to make progress, there is certainly a path to success in the future.

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