We spend most of our time around here talking about the big name Kansas City Chiefs players and who they will take in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. But there are 53 roster spots and many of those players play an important role.
I went through the Chiefs roster and picked out six players that we're not talking about right now but that we should remember for 2016.
S Sanders Commings: This was a 2013 fifth round pick who has appeared in just two games in his career due to injury. He will be returning this year after landing on injured reserve last August. The Chiefs could have a need at safety with Husain Abdullah and Tyvon Branch having just one year left on their contracts.
DE Mike Catapano: The 2013 seventh round pick played little his rookie year but appeared primed for more playing time in 2014. Until he got a virus and was forced to miss the entire 2014 season. He could be someone who rotates in on the defensive line, which is a potential area of need with Mike DeVito and Jaye Howard entering the final year of their contracts.
G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: Before the Chiefs signed Paul Fanaika in free agency and traded for Ben Grubbs, we were talking about LDT as a possible dark horse option at guard. That seems less likely with those additions but LDT will still have a shot to make the team and find a backup role.
DT Vaughn Martin: I continue to forget about this signing, which came shortly after the season. This is a guy that started 27 games in 2012 and 2011. He hasn't played since 2013 but he does have some experience.
WR Da'Rick Rogers: He was once an All-SEC receiver. He went undrafted in 2013 but the talent is there. Can he put it together?
DT Nick Williams: It's a similar case to Jaye Howard, who didn't play his first year but came back as a contributor in year two. Williams, who was signed last year, will be entering his second season with the Chiefs.