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What the Chiefs’ Cameron Erving trade means for roster cuts coming

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Suddenly the Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster predictions are getting a little tougher. Our own Stagdsp released his Chiefs 53-man prediction and within an hour the Chiefs traded for offensive lineman Cameron Erving. Things change quickly!

With the trade for Erving from Cleveland, the numbers on the Chiefs offensive line are changing. The Chiefs will likely keep eight offensive linemen. It’s possible they could keep one more or one less but it’s usually been eight.

I see these five LOCKS to make the roster: Eric Fisher, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mitch Schwartz, Cameron Erving

That’s five. Four starters and I’m counting Erving as a lock because the Chiefs just gave up a fifth round pick for him a week before the season. He should make it. What position will he play? I’m still trying to figure that out but a fifth rounder a week before the season and you should make it.

I see these three with a good shot to make it: Parker Ehinger, Bryan Witzmann, Zach Fulton

Three more, which makes eight. And I still don’t feel good about the backup offensive tackles. Witzmann and Fulton can both provide support at tackle if needed but they’ve spent a lot of time at guard.

I don’t have Jah Reid listed there. He’s a veteran with experience at tackle which is what the Chiefs need. But if Erving ends up playing tackle, Jah Reid doesn’t fit here, right?

Bottomline: This Erving trade makes more sense to me if the Chiefs view him as a tackle, which would be bad news for Jah Reid.

Here is the depth chart now:

LT: Eric Fisher, Isaiah Battle, Joseph Cheek

LG: Bryan Witzmann, Zach Fulton, Damian Mama, Parker Ehinger

C: Mitch Morse: Jordan Devey, Mike Person, Cameron Erving (?)

RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Andrew Tiller, Josh James

RT: Mitchell Schwartz, Jah Reid, Donald Hawkins