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Meet the KC Chiefs roster locks, bubble players and practice squad candidates

Your guide to the roster for the preseason game one on Saturday.

The Chiefs 90 man roster divided into four tiers, and sorted alphabetically within each tier. Get to know your 2016 Chiefs.

Tier 1: The top of the roster

DL Allen Bailey: "The Hulk" has become one of the Chiefs most consistently disruptive defenders.

S Eric Berry: The heart and soul of the team will be playing in a contract year (again).

RB Jamaal Charles: Assuming Charles is back to form for a couple or more high-end seasons, he could be on the edge of the Hall of Fame discussion.

P Dustin Colquitt: Always among the league leaders in punts downed inside the 20 and 10 yard lines, Colquitt has been a weapon on special teams. He has a big 2017 cap number. There is no replacement on the roster.

OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: The Chiefs love his strength and mean streak, should be a good fit at RG, but he needs to be much more consistent to avoid being the weak link on a good OL. He's taken all the reps at guard this offseason.

OL Eric FIsher: Seems like we say make or break year for Fisher every year but not this year. He has a shiny new $60-plus million contract.

CB Phillip Gaines: Coming off a torn ACL, PG-23 has everything you want in a guy to replace Sean Smith except the most important ability -- availability. If he stays healthy the Chiefs may not miss Smith as much.

LB Tamba Hali: Nobody outworks Tamba. He's still an impact player when healthy but can his body hold up to the punishment he gives it? He hasn't practiced at camp yet.

LB Justin Houston: My guess is that he'll be back sooner than most expect but there are signs it's the other way around. An elite all-around defender and DPOY candidate when healthy.

DL Jaye Howard: Surprised at the lack of a big money market for Howard this offseason. The Chiefs have to be thrilled he's back. He's having a strong camp. He is also very strong.

LB Derrick Johnson: The run defense would not be the same without him. One of the most important defenders.

TE Travis Kelce: A legitimate star now, hopefully he takes the next step on the field to cement his status as a top TE in the league.

WR Jeremy Maclin: Could not have asked for more from Maclin in year one. Losing him to injury derailed the whole offense in the playoffs. Arguably the most important offensive Chief outside of Alex Smith. He is the key to stretching the offense.

OL Mitch Morse: Had a fantastic rookie season. No question he's the center of the present and future. Should continue to get better.

S Ron Parker: Versatile defender is quietly a critical part of the pass defense. He came down and covered the slot last season but won't have to as much this year.

CB Marcus Peters: Got all the headlines and interceptions last season, but can he limit the catches and TDs to become a real shutdown CB in 2016? I'll settle for another eight picks.

DL Dontari Poe: An absolute freak of size, strength and quickness. Assuming his back troubles are behind him, he should crush it in a contract year.

K Cairo Santos: On his way to becoming a consistent NFL kicker. In retrospect, he was the right choice over Succop.

OL Mitch Schwartz: The single biggest upgrade at any position in the league. Seriously, go back and the right tackle candidates last year. Alex and Jamaal  should thank John Dorsey for this one.

QB Alex Smith:  Read MNChiefsfan's reviews, or just go back and watch with an open mind. Smith is playing at a high level, and the added threat of him running the ball was a difference maker last year.

RB Spencer Ware: Might be the one player I'm most excited to watch this season. He creates the best 1-2 punch in the NFL with a healthy Charles.

RB Charcandrick West: Of all the RBs, I'm most interested to see how many snaps and carries West gets. Could see his playing time decrease once Charles is healthy because they have similar skill sets. Don't miss the piece on West from AP Alumnus BJ Kissel.

Tier 2: Low-end starters, backups and role players

LB DJ Alexander: Established himself as a top special teams performer last season. It'll be interesting if he can get on the field as a defender this year.

QB Tyler Bray: He's good enough to be off the roster bubble but the numbers say he's on the bubble. He had been the front runner for the No. 2 QB job ... until Nick Foles came in.

WR Chris Conley: Tremendous athlete and a bright guy. He showed flashes as a rookie, but needs to improve and establish himself or risk getting buried on the depth chart. He's had a good camp after spending time in the offseason working out with Maclin.

OL Parker Ehinger: The rookie surprised many by getting the early nod at guard so far in camp. He looks to be your likely starter opposite LDT.

QB Nick Foles: The veteran jumped at the chance to reunite with Coach Reid. Provides a reliable, experienced backup option for the next season while the young guys continue to develop. He is the No. 2.

LB Dee Ford: One of the real keys to the Chiefs season with Houston out. If he steps up as an impact starter, the sky is the limit. If not, it's going to be rough waiting for Houston to be healthy.

OL Zach Fulton: A mauler that is the primary backup at the guard and center positions. Doesn't seem to be competing to start, but he's quietly an important player.

TE Demetrius Harris: The Chiefs want Harris to be the No. 2 TE, but he has more competition than ever this year. To see consistent snaps he needs to be a good blocker, which he has improved upon quite a bit.

WR Tyreek Hill: THE story from training camp and OTAs, Hill has world class speed, and more importantly, the ability to run routes, track the ball and catch it. Can he do it in live games with the threat of getting tackled? The Chiefs think he can.

DL Chris Jones: The Chiefs 2016 top pick has the potential to be a dominant force in the front seven. It'll be interesting to see if he forces his way into enough playing time to make an impact in his rookie year. He could rotate in for Bailey or Howard or pick up a subpackage role.

LB Justin March: Prior to injury last year, he was the story of the Chiefs last training camp. He's picked up right where he left off and will be competing for playing time at ILB. He doesn't have all the physical tools but he's always around the ball.

LB Josh Mauga: Coaches love him, fans don't. Mauga is a steady force in the run game, and comes off the field for passing downs. Could he be unseated by March, Wilson and Alexander? The young pups are nipping at his heels. He could provide cap relief if cut.

CB Eric Murray: Corner turned safety early in his tenure with the Chiefs. Watch his development in preseason games. He's seen second team time with Eric Berry out.

CB Steven Nelson: A feisty, physical corner that fits best as the nickel. He played very little last year but figures a big role this year.

OL Jah Reid: Some of us wondered if he would play guard when the Chiefs gave him a new contract. In camp, he's lining up almost exclusively as a backup OT. He and Zach Sterup appear to be competing for the swing tackle job. Reid feels safer given last year's extension.

WR Demarcus Robinson: Explosive after the catch, Robinson has been having a good camp thus far. The WR group is wide open after Maclin. Robinson needs more work to beat out Albert Wilson, Chris Conley or Rod Streater.

CB KeiVarae Russell: In the running for one of the Chiefs top four corners. He's a third round pick so there are high hopes for him.

FB Anthony Sherman: Some want to push him off the roster because he doesn't play many snaps, but he's still among the best at everything he does even if the FB role is diminished.

S Daniel Sorensen: Another coaches favorite, Sorensen is currently slated to be the starter ... until Eric Berry reports. Sorensen could play the linebacker role that we've seen Berry and Husain Abdullah play in subpackages.

WR Rod Streater: He is having a good camp and has a shot to see playing time this year. In camp he's seen time inside and outside. He has a nearly $5 million cap number. Worth watching that.

TE Ross Travis: Other than Hill, Travis is the offensive player getting the most love for his training camp performance.  Already No. 3 on the TE depth chart, he has a chance to make the team and contribute in the passing game. The key to playing time will be versatility (blocking).

CB DJ White: Another promising rookie that needs to get reps and earn his place on the depth chart. It's still too early for him but there's promise.

WR Albert Wilson: A somewhat productive player last year, but never really broke out and took the No. 2 WR job. He's seeing more time in the slot which makes sense for him.

LB Ramik Wilson: Second year player that could push Mauga off the roster. He's a first teamer with Mauga injured at camp.

LS James Winchester: The unchallenged starter at long snapper, but had a couple of bad snaps last season. The expectations of a long snapper are perfection, so we'll see if he is improved in 2016.

LB Frank Zombo: The veteran provides depth at OLB and ILB and might be called upon to play more with Houston and Hali ailing. Also provides value on special teams.

Tier 3: The roster bubble

S Stevie Brown: Trying to revive his career like several others that have come before him as safeties in the Chiefs defense.

CB Marcus Cooper: Reports from camp have been very positive thus far. It's been mostly second team corner for him with some safety splashed in.

RB Knile Davis: Buried on the RB depth chart, Davis isn't going away quietly. He's having a good camp, and is still the team's top kick returner. Possible trade candidate to watch. I think it's possible the Chiefs keep him.

S Jamell Fleming: He transitioned from corner to safety, but he's been buried on the depth chart in camp.  Needs a big preseason to make it.

QB Kevin Hogan: The rookie has lost reps since the acquisition of Nick Foles, will there be a roster spot for him?

WR Frankie Hammond: Everyone is waiting for Hammond to be cut, and this may finally be the year. It hurts him that Tyreek Hill is ahead of him as a returner.

S Jeron Johnson: Brought in to compete while Berry is away. It's yet to be seen if he can earn a long term job, or if he's just a camp guy.

LB Jonathan Massaquoi: Haven't heard much about him in training camp to date, but has shown the ability to be an NFL starter in the past.

LB Dezman Moses: He was brought back for depth. He could play with Houston and Hali's injuries.

LB Andy Mulumba: Pass rushing prospect who spent time with Green Bay. He's seen some second team time but both the Chiefs top pass rushers (Houston, Hali) are out.

C Daniel Munyer: Has a shot to be the backup center again. He was on the active roster last year when Morse was out with a concussion.

QB Aaron Murray: The addition of Foles may have hurt his chances of making the roster more than the other backup QBs. He looks like a long shot right now.

LB Dadi Nicolas: Undersized, but talented. He has upside as a pass rusher but he's not there yet. A year or two on the practice squad should do it.

C Drew Nowak: Converted DT, spent time last year on the Seattle Seahawks as a center. He would have to beat out Munyer to have a shot at making the roster.

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches: In a stacked position group, he has a chance to be a situational passing-down player. He's having a good camp thus far. Can he earn playing time this preseason?

TE James O'Shaughnessy: He may be the forgotten man in the Chiefs TE competition behind Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis. Will the Chiefs keep four tight ends?

TE Brian Parker: The blocking TE is being out-shined in camp thus far. He's a better blocker than a couple of those ahead of him if that's what the Chiefs want.

OL Jarrod Pughsley: A promising project on the offensive line but it's a numbers game. He would need to make it as a guard / tackle reserve.

RB Darrin Reaves: The Chiefs are absolutely LOADED at RB, so even if Reaves continues to perform admirably, he may not be able to win a job.

OT Zach Sterup: Huge OT at 6'9 and 318 pounds. He signed as a tryout player at minicamp this year. He has worked at LT and RT with the second team at times, so he's one to watch.

WR De'Anthony Thomas: He seemed like a long shot to even be in camp with the Chiefs after the raft, but he's been making plays. Where does he fit with the team now that Hill has emerged? Can they fit him on the roster?

WR Mike Williams: Williams is trying to revive a once promising career. Preseason games will be big. He has made some plays in St. Joe along with some drops.

DL Nick Williams: A guy the Chiefs like as depth on the defensive line. He could easily be in the rotation… then again, the Chiefs are much deeper on the line. He's on the bubble.

Tier 4: The long shots (and possible practice squad)

LB Tyrell Adams: He would be a big safety, but is a small LB from West Georgia. Adams was actually on the Chiefs and Seahawks practice squads in 2015 competing for a job at ILB

WR Da'Ron Brown: A practice squad guy in his second year suddenly is competing in a very crowded position group. The odds are against him to make the active roster.

CB Deveron Carr: Carr spent time on the Redskins and Colts practice squads in 2015. He's a big CB with good speed to play man to man. The secondary is crowded.

CB Bryce Cheek: Defensive back out of Akron was also a track star for the Zips. His best event was the 60m sprint (6.79 seconds).

DB Akeem Davis: 4.37 speed. He spent time with Seahawks and Colts as a special teamer over the last couple of seasons.

DE Niko Davis: 6'5 285 pounds, looks the part. He was with the Steelers last year but injured before the season.  Easy guy to root for based on this piece from Behind The Steel Curtain.

OL Jordan Devey: Big OT at 6'7 317 pounds out of Memphis, he played with the 49ers last year and spent time with the Patriots. He's an Eagle Scout, who played the tuba in the marching band before taking up football as a high school senior.

OL Curtis Feigt: He's been with the Chiefs practice squad the last couple of seasons off and on after joining the Bengals as an UDFA. He's from Germany, and has played center and defensive end before switching to o-line.

OL Reid Fragel: 6'8 former tight end is known to be a strong run blocker and a very good overall athlete.

DB Malcolm Jackson: Newly signed UDFA may be from a small school (Charleston Southern), but he's a big trash talker.

WR Seantavious Jones: Briefly with the Saints and Eagles. 6'3 WR with a 38" vertical and is known as a great blocker and a hard worker. He eems to be having a good training camp so watch out.

DL David King: Former Seahawk and Bengal prospect, looks like a strong run defender as a five-technique.

WR Mitch Mathews: "A tall glass of water" at WR, he's a contested/jump ball specialist out of Andy Reid's BYU.

OL Garrick Mayweather: The other Chiefs OL who is an aspiring doctor (LDT being the other, of course).

FB Trey Millard: H-back type fullback who can play tight end and special teams. He was the top FB in the 2014 draft, but has struggled with injuries. The Chiefs, of course, have Anthony Sherman.

WR Kashif Moore: Sub 4.4 speed, but undersized at 5'9, 180 pounds. Spent time with the Bengals, Colts and Steelers. Had a 43.5" vertical at the Combine and is known as a hard worker and team leader.

S Shakiel Randolph: Big DB at 6'4 and 216 pounds. Rangy, versatile defender who worked out as LB, CB and S at his pro day. More about Shak from ESPN here.

LB Terrance Smith: Athletic ILB with some upside. He has a good chance to end up on the practice squad coming from a stacked Florida State team. The Chiefs gave him a big signing bonus as a UDFA.

DL Jimmy Staten: Spent time on the Patriots practice squad last year after being drafted by the Seahawks in 2014. He's out of Middle Tennessee State.

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