Among the players on the roster right now, players will have to face the unfortunate reality that they won’t be able to make the 53-man roster due to the limit NFL teams have. Some players perform well during the preseason but don’t end up making the cut in August or September.
However, the NFL introduced the practice squad, allowing teams to have a 53-man roster and create a small roster of reserve players in addition. Many NFL players, mostly rookies and second-year players, could find themselves on the practice squad.
For the Chiefs, they have some young players who could wind up on the practice squad and be called up to the active roster at some point this season.
Although Jordan Roberts went undrafted this year after playing at Charleston, he brings a lot of success to the NFL.
During his final game as a Golden Eagle, Roberts broke the NCAA Division II record for most rushing yards in a quarter with 193 and most rushing yards in a half with 273.
Like many undrafted rookies, Roberts could see most of his time—if any in the regular season—on special teams. The chances for Roberts making the team or the practice squad are better than most undrafted players because of his past on special teams, in which he blocked two punts and served as a returner.
Toben Opurum has the toughest obstacle among most rookies. He played on offense his freshman year at Kansas, but he converted to defense his sophomore year all the way through his last game with the Jayhawks.
Today, Opurum finds himself back on offense and picking back up the skills he still remembers. At the same time, his chances of making the team are slim, like most undrafted free agents.
But with very few fullbacks on the team right now, Opurum has a very good chance at either earning himself a spot on the team’s active roster or on the practice squad.
Coming out of Louisville, Josh Bellamy did not have the final season he had hoped for before entering the NFL draft. He quietly caught 24 passes for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns his senior year.
Fortunately, Bellamy was picked up by the Chiefs and assigned to the team’s practice squad in September. He played in three games late in the season.
In his second year, Bellamy hopes to begin the season the way he ended it, on the active roster. But even with a thin group of receivers, Bellamy might have a hard time making that happen and will need to impress the new coaching staff this season during training camp and preseason games.
After growing up in Orrick, Mo. and attending Northwest Missouri State, Chad Kilgore wants to make an impact in his second season in the league.
Kilgore had a very short-lived career with the Oakland Raiders. Now he has a second chance to redeem himself under Bob Sutton’s defense.
The former Bearcat knows it’s no secret the Chiefs have a lot of good linebackers, and not all of them can be kept.
Derrick Johnson leads the interior linebackers, with Akeem Jordan and rookie draft pick Nico Johnson in the mix as well. Behind those three, it is likely that there is only room for one more, and it’s hard to predict whether or not Kilgore can be the fourth player to be an inside linebacker on the active roster.
The Chiefs recruited many cornerbacks this offseason, making it very challenging for Vince Agnew to make the team.
With Brandon Flowers on the team, followed by free-agent additions of Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith and draftee Sanders Commings, Agnew has to make an impact on special teams since that is where most of his playing time is likely to occur.
Agnew spent his rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys, but he only appeared in four games and did not accumulate any statistics during those games.
Bradley McDougald could be one of the first players called up from the practice squad and be an asset for Kansas City.
Behind Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, who are the projected starters, are Husain Abdullah and possibly Tysyn Hartman.
McDougald’s performance was overshadowed by the limited success Kansas found. But don’t be surprised if he sees action on special teams and a little bit on defense this year.
Once scoring an touchdown on a 57-yard interception return against Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium, McDougald knows what it is like playing on the same field as the Chiefs. His chances of eventually doing that again, this time in another jersey, look good if he can have a solid training camp.