This is an overreaction to our first preseason game. That said, here we go.
Quarterbacks (3) – Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton – I think we keep three unless Litton is our injury candidate for this year since I believe that he would be snatched away if we try to put him on the practice squad. We might try and move Kyle Shurmur for a seventh round draft pick.
Running Backs (4) – Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde, Darwin Thompson, Anthony Sherman – This works on the assumption that Williams returns soon. Hyde appears to be a Reid favorite and Darwin Thompson impressed in his first game. Darrel Williams will be cut unless he can somehow unseat Williams or Hyde. We will practice squad him if he is eligible. Josh Caldwell and Marcus Marshall will be gone as will Tremon Smith – Andy might like his speed but there is no room on the roster for him.
Tight Ends (2) – Travis Kelce, Blake Bell – We keep two here to add a position elsewhere. Sherman will act as the third TE and we can roll out an extra offensive lineman for blocking. Deon Yelder and John Lovett will be considered for the practice squad. David Wells is gone – He will be joined by Jody Fortson and Nick Keizer.
Wide Receivers (7) – Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, DeMarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, Marcus Kemp, Byron Pringle, Jamal Custis – Tough choices and I believe the Chiefs keep an extra wide receiver on the roster to prepare for the future. Hill, Watkins, and Hardman are no brainers. DRob is trade bait but, without him, we have no veteran backup. Kemp and Pringle make the roster due to special teams and Custis has the size and potential to be something special. Gehrig Dieter would probably have to beat out Kemp to make the roster. Cody Thompson is a victim of numbers. He looks like a better receiver than Pringle but is not a return option. We practice squad him if we have the chance. Felton Davis, Rashard Davis, and Davon Grayson are too far down the depth chart.
Offensive Line (9) – Eric Fisher, Andrew Wylie, Austin Reiter, LDT, Mitchell Schwartz, Cam Erving, Nick Allegretti, Kahlil McKenzie, Jimmy Murray. If we go with eight, Murray would be the odd man out but only if Allegretti shines as a backup center. Ryan Hunter is a potential Murray replacement. Abdul Beecham, Dino Boyd, Zack Golditch, Pace Murphy, and Chidi Okeke have no chance of staying.
Specialists (3) Harrison Butker, Dustin Colquitt, and James Winchester. Jack Fox might make the practice squad.
That leaves 25 spots for defense.
Defensive line (9) Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Alex Okafor, Emanuel Ogbah, KPASS, Breeland Speaks, Khalen Saunders, Xavier Williams. This leaves out Justin Hamilton, a personal favorite of mine, but he would have to beat out Xavier Williams. I think the other spots are almost guaranteed. Hunter Dimick, Cavon Walker, and Joey Ivie are gone.
Linebackers (7) Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland, Damien Wilson, Darron Lee, Ben Niemann are roster locks, despite what our opinion of some of them might be. I am giving the other two spots to Jeremiah Attaochu, for his pass rush ability, and DOD, cause I do not see the Chiefs giving up on him yet. Raymond Davison, Darius Harris, D’Juan Hines, and Rob McCray would have to outplay DOD or Attaochu which I have yet to see.
Corners (5) Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward are locks. Michael Hunter, D’Montre Wade, and Mark Fields are fighting for the last two spots. I think we go with Hunter and Wade as Fields goes to the practice squad as does our draft pick, Rashad Fenton. Once Mo Claiborne comes off the suspension list, Wade becomes expendable but we might keep six corners then.
Safeties (4) Tyrann Mathieu, Dirty Dan, Juan Thornhill, Armani Watts – Jordan Lucas is the wildcard and could beat out Watts or could be the fifth safety if we go with a smaller number elsewhere. Harold Jones-Quartey, Herb Miller, Dakari Monroe, and Andrew Soroh are out.
Not much drama here as only a handful of name players are in danger of being cut. We do have a deep roster. Well, this is my take after the first preseason game. What do you think?