On Sunday the Chiefs released their first depth chart of the 2017 season. While this isn’t set in stone it does give an indication where the Chiefs feel their players are. There are several positions that don’t quite fit with what has been going on in training camp.
Another move the Chiefs made on Sunday night was waiving Reshard Cliett and signing defensive tackle Maurice Swain.
Several positions are questionable at best when looking at the depth. Kareem Hunt looks to be ahead of Charcandrick West in practice. In fact there are times when it looks like CJ Spiller might also be ahead of West. Spiller can add versatility if he shows he is able to be an effective returner. If he is able to do that it opens up options at wide receiver as well.
At wide receiver DeAnthony Thomas is listed ahead of Seantavius Jones which isn’t the way it’s been playing out at camp. Jones has been making a play or two a day. The key to Jones making the Chiefs roster is how he plays when the stakes are real in the four preseason games.
He will get his chance as it looks like he’ll get time with the first string. Getting open against the 49ers when Smith is in and making a play could make a push to keep him on the roster. While DeAnthony Thomas is the obvious candidate to be cut to keep Jones, his return ability could keep him around in favor of Albert Wilson.
The Chiefs addition of Roy Miller last week could pay huge dividends against the run this season.
On defense Cam Thomas is behind newly signed Roy Miller. He is currently not quite in the shape you’d want him to be but he’s coming off a late
injury to his Achilles. When Miller is in shape he is a fantastic run defender. Miller will be able to take pressure off Bennie Logan from having to take a lot of snaps at NT for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs traded Pro Bowl LB DJ Alexander to the Seattle Seahawks for Kevin Pierre-Louis a little over a week ago. He has already moved ahead of Justin March-Lillard and looks to be a great addition.
Pierre-Louis had a good day at camp on Sunday and has shown tremendous athleticism. Josh Mauga returned to practice on Sunday but has been behind Ukeme Eligwe from the start. It appears Mauga could be on the outside looking in when it comes to cut day.
At CB there is a logjam of players. The number one is Marcus Peters without a doubt. Steven Nelson and Terrence Mitchell are your second and third CB’s.
Phillip Gaines appears to be entrenched at the fourth corner position at this moment.
At camp it appears DJ White and De’Vante Bausby are ahead of Kenneth Acker as they have both seen first string repetitions with Nelson and Mitchell ailing.
The Chiefs will have a hard cut to make when the final rosters come down in September. I can’t see them keeping 6 CB’s and if they don’t the final two are probably Gaines and Bausby.
Chiefs Film Room – Oakland Raiders
Flashback to 2014 for Kelvin Benjamin’s Draft Science
He was a poster Child… literally the image at the top of the 2014 Draft Science article on the Wide receivers in that years’ NFL Draft.
Now, He’s a Kansas City Chief…
Here’s the pdf of the original Draft breakdown… Draft Science 2014 – the WRs