7 Kansas City Chiefs Who Will Be on the Roster Bubble in 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs ended their '11 season with many questions about their roster going forward.
Many veterans like Reshard Langford and even second-year players like Cameron Sheffield and Jalil Brown have not performed very well in their short time with the organization.
Here are seven Chiefs that will be on the roster bubble in 2012.
Langford struggled in his limited opportunities at safety in 2011.
He was repeatedly burned in coverage, including in the play above against Denver's Eric Decker earlier in the season.
With Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry likely making his return to the roster this offseason, Langford's spot on the team will be in jeopardy.
I expect that he will have to put together a strong training camp this summer if he wants to make this roster in 2012.
Former Troy standout Cameron Sheffield was drafted by Kansas City for his pass-rushing ability.
After two seasons in the league, he has proved nothing to the Chiefs that would validate why they decided to select him in the fifth round of the '10 NFL draft.
He's racked up just nine tackles and zero sacks during that span, while losing valuable playing time to rookie Justin Houston and journeyman Andy Studebaker.
Sheffield needs to step up his game up if he wants to remain on the Chiefs' 53-man roster in the future.
CB Jalil Brown was easily one of the most disappointing rookies for the Chiefs in the '11 season.
In limited playing time, he made just eight tackles while committing several penalties on special teams.
He appeared lost in coverage for KC's defense when he came in and really struggled to give his team any confident in him moving forward.
Needless to say that 2012 will be a big year for Brown.
Chiefs RB Jackie Battle finally got to be the featured back for this offense in 2011.
Unfortunately, he didn't come through for his team in the end.
Battle ended up rushing for nearly 600 yards on 149 carries, which is good for a 4.0 YPC average.
With star running back Jamaal Charles likely to be back next season and the recent emergence of Dexter McCluster, Battle might be on the outside looking in when it comes to making KC's roster next season.
If it wasn't for the strong play of All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson, we might still be hearing about Williams in this KC linebacking corps.
Not too long ago, Williams used to be starting at inside linebacker for this defense.
After two season of mainly average play at that position, the Chiefs decided to use put him on the bench and only use him in certain packages and formations.
Now, he is looking at being a strong candidate to be on the roster bubble for 2012.
When he was brought in by the Chiefs in the '10 offseason, there was a sense of optimism surrounding former UMass wideout Jeremy Horne.
After two seasons with KC, he has failed to make a catch in any of the 12 games that he played with the team.
In 2011, Horne spent much of the season on the Chiefs' practice squad.
He will need to do better this offseason if he wants to be part of the "right 53" come September.
In a season where the wide receiver position has been one of the strongest parts of the Chiefs team, one veteran receiver has been lost in the shuffle.
His name is former Cardinals wideout Jerheme Urban.
After missing all of '10 with a season-ending hand injury, Urban caught just four passes for 35 yards a touchdown for KC last season.
At 31 years old and his productivity diminishing with each passing season, Urban has to be nervous about making this team next season.