Kansas City will likely keep five safeties on the final roster.
Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah and Sanders Commings occupy three slots at free safety. Perennial Pro Bowler Eric Berry anchors another at strong safety.
Andy Reid and John Dorsey recruited one of Reid's former players, Quintin Demps, to help bolster the anemic depth behind Berry.
Hartman is standing at the foot of an uphill battle. In 2012, Demps' productivity throughout 12 contests (27 tackles, five pass defenses and one fumble recovery) trumped Hartman's output in 11 games (22 tackles and three pass defenses).
However, receivers caught 66.7 percent of passes while being covered by Demps; Hartman's targets only managed to snag 57.1 percent of the passes heaved in their direction.
Also, despite Hartman procuring two starts to Demps' zero, the veteran logged 111 more snaps than the second-year safety from Kansas State.
If the aforementioned trends bleed into 2013's training camp, Reid could favor Hartman over his former draft pick.
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