As we roll into the final regular season game, here are my grades for the players based on performance versus expectation.
Travis Kelce: Kelce has been the mainstay of the Chiefs’ offense this year and, while he had a few drops, he has proven why he is the best tight end in the NFL.
Charvarius Ward: After the first two games, many were screaming for his release but, as a second year player, he has evolved into a potential shut down corner.
Chris Jones: He is the one player on defense who is unstoppable when in the zone. Brett Veach needs to pay the man.
Patrick Mahomes: His stats may not overwhelm like last year but he has proven to be a warrior as he not only survived but thrived behind a porous offensive line. He is our offense.
Juan Thornhill: Had some struggles early but has developed into a very good free safety which has allowed the Honey Badger to do his thing.
Harrison Butker: Buttkicker is money but the occasional missed kick has dropped him from the top echelon.
Tyreek Hill: The Cheetah influences every defense that is called and allows our other players to get involved in the offense. The missed time cost him a higher grade.
Tyrann Mathieu: A slow start dings him a little but he has become the unquestionable leader of our defense.
Daniel Sorenson: Not a big fan of Dirty Dan but he has played well as the third safety on the field but do not expect him to cover a receiver one on one.
James Winchester: Our long snapper extraordinaire has had another good season but memories of the bad snaps drop him here.
Bashaud Breeland: Has made some bone headed plays but has been solid for most of the season and has some game winning pass defenses to his credit.
Dustin Colquitt: His age is showing and I suspect that this might be his final season as a Chief but he has been pretty reliable this season.
Rashad Fenton: He really showed well as the slot corner during the middle part of the season and appears to be a solid draft choice by Veach.
Matt Moore: He ain’t no Patrick Mahomes but he did more than just hand the ball off when called into action. He did better than I thought he would.
Ben Niemann: A solid contributor as our passing down linebacker. He may not have a superior skill set but he makes up for it with hustle and grit.
Terrell Suggs: Only been one game but his veteran presence could be the factor that pushes us into the Super Bowl. He made an impact in that one game.
KPASS: I personally was expecting more from him but KPASS has been a solid rotational piece on the defensive line. Spags is greater than Sutton and KPASS agrees.
Mike Pennel: A solid veteran addition to our run defense who inexplicably was inactive when we were against the team that shall not be named who loves to run the ball.
Mitchell Schwartz: Not his best year but still our best lineman. He might be reaching the age where his performance slips a little each year.
Emmanuel Ogbah: Our most consistent lineman in the first half of the season. It is a shame that he is not healthy to add to our improving defensive line.
Damien Wilson: Our most consistent linebacker in the first half of the season. He seems to have faded as the year goes on.
Frank Clark: Was a bust in the first half of the season but a beast in the second half. Hope he steers clear of the injuries in the future.
LDT: Seems to have plateaued in his performance – not bad, but not good. His biggest contribution was being the first one there when Mahomes dislocated his kneecap.
Eric Fisher: He is not Cam Erving. He is not Willie Roaf. We saw the difference when he was out with his bad groin. He has battled despite the injury.
Kendall Fuller: Became our worst starter in the secondary when he was supposed to be the best. Has made some good plays to compensate for some real bad ones.
Mecole Hardman: Inconsistent is the word here. Will make a beautiful play then disappear for the rest of the game. Look for improvement next year.
Anthony Hitchens: Had a few moments where he looked good but that is the exception. I spend most of the game not realizing that he is on the field.
Derrick Nnadi: Had some games where he was pushed off the line but appears to have settled down and has been making plays.
Reggie Ragland: Has made some real good plays this year and blitzes well. Spags deserves credit for keeping him out of passing situations.
Darrel Williams: Had a chance to be the man. Is more reliable than good as a runner which is better than our other options.
Shady McCoy: The fumbles should probably drop him lower but the old man has been our most consistent runner this year.
Austin Reiter: He was our third string center last year so I was not expecting much. He is not a total bust but needs to improve if he wants to stay a starting center on the Chiefs.
Khalen Saunders: Was bullied by offensive linemen in preseason but has become more solid as the season has progressed. Hope he continues to improve.
Anthony Sherman: Love me some Sherman but he seems to be the forgotten man in our offense. I hate to say it but this will probably be his final season as a Chief.
Stefen Wisniewski: He could not beat out Andrew Wylie but appears to be adequate when put on the field. Maybe should be lower.
Morris Claiborne: Was not the savior we thought we might have during his suspension and could not beat anyone out before being injured. Not a terrible reserve though.
Alex Okafor: Had a few moments in the passing game but seemed to be injured every game. Could be a contributor next year if healthy.
Martinas Rankin: In his few moments before being gone for the year, Rankin seemed to be an upgrade on the offensive line. Will he be our new Cam Erving? New and improved?
Darwin Thompson: Looks like he can run with an attitude but coaches do not seem to trust him to protect Mahomes which limited his playing time.
Nick Allegretti: Reiter sucks but Allegretti never appeared to be an option to replace him. Saw some action as a guard and did not seem to be overwhelmed.
Blake Bell: Made more catches in the last two games than all season. Disappointing as a second TE on a passing team.
Cam Erving: Is capable of coming in for one game and doing well but is a terrible starter. He made all of us yearn for Eric Fisher. Enough said.
Jordan Lucas: Limited role player now but does not appear to be good enough to beat out Dirty Dan for some serious snaps.
DRob: Has disappeared for most of the season but makes the occasional catch. Tyreek being gone and the emergence of Hardman have hurt his stats.
Armani Watts: Limited role player now but does not appear to be good enough to beat out Dirty Dan for some serious snaps. Yes, I copied and pasted that from above.
Xavier Williams: Another possible cut since he was on the field when our defense sucked and is now, at best, our fourth defensive tackle.
Andrew Wylie: The weakest part of the offensive line along with Reiter. Wylie somehow continues to beat out the competition.
Gehrig Dieter: Been in the system this long but only a member of the practice squad does not bode well for his future with the team.
Byron Pringle: How long has it been since he has done anything on offense or special teams? Pringle looks like he could be a cut candidate next year.
Spencer Ware: Came in late and was our best runner and then he gets injured. Would not be upset if he makes the roster next year as our third runner.
Damien Williams: He filled in well for Kareem Hunt last year but has looked terrible this year. How much is him and how much is injuries is debatable.
Darron Lee: Was supposed to be our pass coverage linebacker.
DOD: Cannot figure out how to play on defense.
Ryan Hunter: Was manhandled in his one appearance on the offensive line.
Sammy Watkins: Has not dominated like he should, especially when Hill is in the game.
Deon Yelder: Could not beat out Blake Bell. Could not beat out Blake Bell.
No comments necessary on the incomplete. Well, what do you think? Who have I place too high or too low? Fanposts seem to be ignored here so please comment so we can break that tradition.