The Chiefs moved Smith to the offensive side of the football back on July 31, first working him as a running back and then later a wide receiver. But after the Chiefs only kept four cornerbacks at the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday, they needed numbers at the position again. Rookie sixth-rounder Rashad Fenton will back up starters Charvarius Ward, Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller, and Smith is listed as the second backup to Ward at left cornerback.
Brett Veach cited special teams as to why Smith made the roster on Saturday.
“Tremon was a guy who certainly did a great job for us last year on special teams in the return game,” he said. “He really did a nice job now on the coverage units. When you talk about guys that make the final 53, we also play the game of who will be active on game day and how will they help us. So, with Tremon playing corner, he plays some running back, he plays some wideout, but really where he stood out for us, and I always say this, his special teams play was really good for us last year. Looking forward, even early on, De’Anthony (Thomas) is suspended the first game and really De’Anthony and Tremon have been the highest graded at our gunner position. Given his versatility and the fact he does so much for us on teams, it made more sense for us right now to keep him on the roster and play with the guys that will help us in Jacksonville.”
Smith rushed three times for five yards and had two catches for 18 yards during the preseason.
Other items of note
- Andrew Wylie is listed as the Week 1 starting left guard. This had been a question when Cam Erving started there for the third preseason game. Reid has said he considers both players “starters.”
- Reid said the same about Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy on Monday, so it makes sense that McCoy would leap Darwin Thompson in his depth chart debut.
- The depth chart only lists two linebacker positions, and Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson are at those positions. Reggie Ragland is listed as the backup to Hitchens.
- Daniel Sorensen is still listed as the starting free safety next to Tyrann Mathieu.
- Joey Ivie, who was somewhat of a surprise to make the roster, is listed ahead of Khalen Saunders. Saunders is trending toward a “red-shirt” season and being inactive most games — at least to start the season.