The Kansas City Chiefs have several players who are on the bubble and may or may not make the 53-man roster for the regular season. The Kansas City leadership will make decisions in the next 36 hours. Here are a few of them who are competing in key positions.
DeVante Bausby (CB)
DeVante Bausby signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of Pitt State University in 2015. He spent the offseason with Kansas City, was released, spent 2016 in Chicago with the Bears, and ended back up in Kansas City this offseason. At 6’2″ and 190 pounds, Bausby has the size that the Chiefs defense looks for. He has yet to completely put it all together. However, he has shown flashes of ability. In the preseason game against Cincinnati, he broke up Aaron Murray’s pass, leading to an interception by Chiefs defensive back Eric Murray. Behind corners Marcus Peters, Terrance Mitchell, and Steven Nelson, the position is up for grabs. Perhaps Bausby sticks this year.
Marcus Kemp (WR)
A 6’4″ rookie receiver out of the University of Hawaii, Marcus Kemp signed in Kansas City as an undrafted free agent. He has shown promise in the offseason both in camp and in games. He has done some excellent work as a backup receiver, but his most impressive flashes have been on special teams. Weighing just 185 pounds, Kemp still shows that he can lay the wood on kickoff coverage and does his share of blocking too.
C.J. Spiller (RB)
C.J. Spiller, an 8-year pro who the Chiefs picked up after he was released from the New York Jets at the end of last season, just might make the roster. Workhorse back Spencer Ware’s knee injury means that good running back depth is at a premium for the Chiefs. Kansas City is looking to see if Spiller has anything left in the tank. The kick return acumen he has shown in the preseason might be the deciding factor in whether or not he remains a Chief.
Seantavius Jones (WR)
Jones, a 6’3″ wide receiver in his second year and third team in the NFL, has had the nickname “Stretch” since high school. He showed great ability in College at Valdosta State; since entering the NFL the tall player has been short on opportunities. As a Chief this preseason, he’s been up and down every week. However, he has great potential and may very well end up on the 53-man roster this year.
Ross Travis (TE)
Ross Travis finds himself the fourth tight end on the depth chart, behind star Travis Kelce, solid role player Demetrius Harris, and former Dallas Cowboy Gavin Escobar. Andy Reid loves multiple-TE sets, but four might be too much. The former college basketball player might miss out on making the roster simply because it’s too crowded.