As OTAs get underway on Tuesday, let’s take a look at the full 90-man Kansas City Chiefs roster, and see how the position battles shake out at this point.
- Austin Reiter
- Nick Allegretti
- Jimmy Murray
What we know: Austin Reiter is the presumed starter.
What we don’t know: Where sixth-round pick Nick Allegretti fits in the picture. Based on statements the Chiefs have made, Allegretti could push Reiter for the starting job at center, but he could also be in the mix to become a starter at left guard and the backup center.
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
- Andrew Wylie
- Cam Erving
- Kahlil McKenzie
- Zack Golditch
What we know: Duvernay-Tardif will clearly be the starter at right guard.
What we don’t know: Who will start at left guard? It is worth noting that Andrew Wylie was the starting left guard in Dwayne Bowe’s final play just last week after starting much of last year at right guard after Duvernay-Tardif’s injury. Erving was the starter for most of 2018, but was less than ideal in that role. The former first-round pick got a contract extension last season but could end up as a swing offensive lineman in 2019 after facing competition from Allegretti and McKenzie. Golditch is a wild card. The undrafted rookie has a great story and could impress the coaches.
- Eric Fisher
- Mitchell Schwartz
- Pace Murphy
- Justin Senior
- Ryan Hunter
- Dino Boyd
What we know: Fisher and Schwartz will start in 2019.
What we don’t know: Just about everything else. The rest of these players are relatively unknown.
- Travis Kelce
- Blake Bell
- John Phillips
- John Lovett
- Deon Yelder
- David Wells
- Joe Fortson
What we know: Travis Kelce is the obvious starter.
What we don’t know: How long it will take Kelce to be 100% after offseason ankle surgery, and how many tight ends the Chiefs will keep. The team kept two at the beginning of 2018, but with Kelce’s unknown status, it could conceivably keep three in 2019. So six players are competing for one (or two) roster spots. Bell and Phillips have the NFL experience, but the Chiefs are clearly intrigued by the idea of converting Princeton quarterback John Lovett to tight end.
- Damien Williams
- Anthony Sherman
- Carlos Hyde
- Darrel Williams
- Darwin Thompson
- Marcus Marshall
- James Williams
What we know: Damien Williams performed well as the starting running back after Kareem Hunt’s release last season. He would be at least the presumed starter for 2019. Sherman faces no real competition as the fullback; his value on special teams and as a backup tight end will assure him a roster spot.
What we don’t know: Exactly how the Chiefs want to address the remaining running back positions. Do they want a solid, experienced backup like Hyde on the team, or will they want to focus on developing younger players with more upside? The answer to that question will determine Hyde’s fate.
- Tyreek Hill
- Sammy Watkins
- Demarcus Robinson
- Gehrig Dieter
- Marcus Kemp
- Mecole Hardman
- Byron Pringle
- Felton Davis
- Cody Thompson
- Rashard Davis
- Jamal Custis
- Davon Grayson
What we know: Hill and Watkins will be the starters.
What we don’t know: How long of a suspension (if any) Hill will serve during the season. That will impact how many receivers the Chiefs carry on the roster to start the season. Also unknown: How will Hardman will be used as a receiver in his rookie season. Will he (as some suspect) be used primarily as a kick returner as a rookie? That could affect his position on the wideout depth chart; he could be behind Robinson, or behind Dieter, Kemp or Pringle — or in front of all four.
- Patrick Mahomes
- Chad Henne
- Chase Litton
- T.J. Linta
- Kyle Shurmur
What we know: Mahomes will be the starter. Duh. Henne will be the backup. Duh.
What we don’t know: Who will take the third spot? Litton clearly has the inside track.
- Chris Jones
- Derrick Nnadi
- Xavier Williams
- Khalen Saunders
- Justin Hamilton
- Joey Ivie
- Cavon Walker
What we know: Jones will clearly be one starter. Nnadi played well enough in 2018 to have the inside track to play beside Jones.
What we don’t know: How many roster spots will remain, and who will fill them. Williams is solid and has experience. Third-round pick Saunders should make the team. But that could be all the roster room that’s left for the interior of the defensive line.
- Frank Clark
- Emmanuel Ogbah
- Alex Okafor
- Breeland Speaks
- Tanoh Kpassagnon
What we know: Clark is an obvious starter.
What we don’t know: It’s hard to know whether Okafor, Ogbah or Speaks will become a starter at the other end position — but whoever it is, it’s likely the others will back him up. That leaves Kpassagnon. He will be under pressure to perform up to the Chiefs’ expectations, and it seems likely there’s a question about whether he’ll make the final roster.
- Damien Wilson
- Jeremiah Attaochu
- Anthony Hitchens
- Reggie Ragland
- Dorian O’Daniel
- Darron Lee
- Ben Niemann
- Darius Harris
- Gary Johnson
- Raymond Davison
- Robert McCray
What we know: Hitchens will make the roster and start.
What we don’t know: Just about anything else. We can be sure Hitchens will start because of his salary and 4-3 experience, but we can’t be sure how Spagnuolo will use him. No one else in the linebacker corps (with the possible exception of Wilson) has enough NFL experience in a 4-3 system for anyone to definitively say that he will start in a particular spot. Wilson, Hitchens and O’Daniel seem like they’d be the logical choices as Sam, Mike and Will linebackers, but with the Lee’s recent addition, we can’t be sure. Is Lee meant to compete (or even start) at Will, or is Spagnuolo planning to use him as a hybrid linebacker/safety in coverage?
- Kendall Fuller
- Bashaud Breeland
- Charvarius Ward
- Keith Reaser
- Rashad Fenton
- Tremon Smith
- Mark Fields
- Jalin Burrell
- Herb Miller
- D’Montre Wade
- Dakari Monroe
What we know: Fuller will start. Breeland will likely start.
What we don’t know: Who will take the last three cornerback spots? Eight players will be competing for those. Ward showed well in limited snaps last season. Reaser is well-liked by the front office and was an AAF star. Fenton is the new sixth-round pick. Smith saw little play at his listed position while serving as a kick returner in 2018. The rest are all question marks.
- Tyrann Mathieu
- Juan Thornhill
- Jordan Lucas
- Daniel Sorensen
- Armani Watts
- Harold Jones-Quartey
- Andrew Soroh
What we know: Mathieu will start.
What we don’t know: Lucas showed pretty well at safety in 2018, but will have to work hard to stay ahead of second-round pick Thornhill. Sorensen — like Sherman — could end up taking a roster spot on the basis of his special-teams value. Although I pegged Watts as the probable starter alongside Mathieu in my first read of the likely 53-man roster, I now believe he’s on the bubble. Jones-Quartey and Soroh are unknown quantities.
- Harrison Butker
- James Winchester
- Dustin Colquitt
- Jack Fox
What we know: Butker and Winchester are locks; the Chiefs have brought in no competition.
What we don’t know: Whether Colquitt can beat out a rookie punter. Put your money on Colquitt — but don’t use the rent money.
Chiefs 90-Man Roster May 21
|Jeremiah Attaochu||LB||6-3||252||6||Georgia Tech|
|Jalin Burrell||CB||6-0||195||0||New Mexico|
|Harrison Butker||K||6-3||205||3||Georgia Tech|
|Rashard Davis||WR||5-9||175||2||James Madison|
|Felton Davis||WR||6-3||211||0||Michigan State|
|Laurent Duvernay-Tardif||G||6-5||321||6||McGill (Canada)|
|Cam Erving||G||6-5||313||5||Florida State|
|Rashad Fenton||CB||5-11||193||0||South Carolina|
|Eric Fisher||T||6-7||315||7||Central Michigan|
|Joe Fortson||TE||6-4||226||0||Valdosta State|
|Kendall Fuller||CB||5-11||198||4||Virginia Tech|
|Zack Golditch||G||6-0||295||0||Colorado State|
|Davon Grayson||WR||6-2||187||0||East Carolina|
|Darius Harris||LB||6-2||238||0||Middle Tennessee|
|Tyreek Hill||WR||5-10||185||4||West Alabama|
|Ryan Hunter||T||6-5||322||1||Bowling Green|
|Carlos Hyde||RB||6-0||229||6||Ohio State|
|Chris Jones||DT||6-6||310||4||Mississippi State|
|Darron Lee||LB||6-1||232||3||Ohio State|
|Jordan Lucas||S||6-0||190||4||Penn State|
|Patrick Mahomes||QB||6-3||230||3||Texas Tech|
|Marcus Marshall||RB||5-10||200||0||James Madison|
|Herb Miller||CB||6-2||190||0||Florida Atlantic|
|Dakari Monroe||CB||5-11||191||0||San Jose State|
|Pace Murphy||T||6-6||308||2||Northwestern State-Louisiana|
|Jimmy Murray||C||6-5||304||2||Holy Cross|
|Derrick Nnadi||DT||6-1||317||2||Florida State|
|Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||6-4||275||4||Oklahoma State|
|Byron Pringle||WR||6-2||205||2||Kansas State|
|Keith Reaser||CB||6-0||190||3||Florida Atlantic|
|Austin Reiter||C||6-3||300||4||South Florida|
|Khalen Saunders||DT||6-0||324||0||Western Illinois|
|Justin Senior||T||6-5||329||2||Mississippi State|
|Tremon Smith||CB||6-0||190||2||Central Arkansas|
|Daniel Sorensen||S||6-2||208||6||Brigham Young|
|Andrew Soroh||S||6-2||210||0||Florida Atlantic|
|Darwin Thompson||RB||5-8||200||0||Utah State|
|D'Montre Wade||CB||6-0||200||1||Murray State|
|Charvarius Ward||CB||6-1||200||2||Middle Tennessee State|
|Armani Watts||S||5-11||205||2||Texas A&M|
|David Wells||TE||6-6||260||1||San Diego State|
|Xavier Williams||DT||6-2||309||5||Northern Iowa|
|James Williams||RB||6-0||205||0||Washington State|
|Andrew Wylie||G||6-6||309||2||Eastern Michigan|
|Deon Yelder||TE||6-4||255||2||Western Kentucky|