Full Training Camp Roster Breakdown for the Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs will go into St. Joseph, Mo. with some talented players across the field. The Chiefs took little damage in the offseason in losing offensive tackle Eric Winston and wide receiver Steve Breaston.
Meanwhile, under general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs were able to retain their key players and add a couple of players who could make an impact right away.
With a new coaching staff, can Kansas City rebound and take advantage of the talent on the team?
In the following slides, we'll break down the Chiefs’ full roster as training camp approaches with comments on what each player's role will look like.
Alex Smith (No. 11)
The Chiefs gave up a second-round pick, and possibly another one in the future, for Alex Smith. He is the obvious starter. Turning his career around since 2010, Smith has a fresh start. If he stays healthy, he could be part of a dynamic quarterback-running back-wide receiver trio in 2013.
Chase Daniel (No. 10)
Chase Daniel has spent a lot of his professional career backing up Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The former Missouri Tiger appears to have already earned the backup spot, given his rich contract. Daniel knows that if an opportunity opens up, this is the perfect place for him to be.
Ricky Stanzi (No. 12)
Playing college nearby at Iowa, Ricky Stanzi had a large fanbase in Kansas City, plus a few more. But his success in college has yet to translate into success in the NFL, as he has yet to throw a pass. He needs to create chemistry with the third string players in training camp and carry that over to preseason contests in order to help the Chiefs win some preseason games late.
Tyler Bray (No. 9)
Like many undrafted players, Tyler Bray will go into training camp with some motivation to try and prove he should have been selected in the draft. When Bray gets an opportunity, he’ll need to find a way to finish games on a strong note and put the Chiefs in position to win.
If he can do so, Bray will receive consideration from the coaching staff to stay on the team during evaluation when it’s time to finalize the 53-man roster.
Jamaal Charles (No. 25)
After being voted to the Pro Bowl twice and leading the AFC in rushing, Jamaal Charles is labeled as one of the best running backs in the NFL. This year, the scatback from Texas will take a role he’s never had before. However, the new role will still allow him to succeed, and perhaps Charles will like it better than what he’s had in the past.
Charles will be doing a lot of learning under Reid’s offense, being more active in the passing game as a pass-catcher.
Knile Davis (No. 35)
Knile Davis can be a dangerous player through the air and he showed it before at Arkansas. But injuries prevented him from reaching his potential. The Chiefs are giving him a second chance. If Davis stays healthy, opposing defenses will have a hard time taking him down.
Shaun Draughn (No. 20)
Shaun Draughn had 83 touches last year and gained 391 yards. Draughn could see himself on the team again, but the Chiefs will need him to be more effective with the ball. The Chiefs look to him as a better answer after Peyton Hillis struggled.
Cyrus Gray (No. 32)
After only getting 10 touches in 10 games, Cyrus Gray looks to be more active with the team under Reid’s offense. Gray got a lot of repetitions during the spring and will see plenty of action in preseason games, which could carry over to the regular season as well.
Jordan Roberts (No. 45)
Playing in a small school at Charleston, Jordan Roberts saw some success. The small-school rookie must now go through a lot of obstacles in order to make the 53-man roster.
Anthony Sherman (No. 42)
Acquired in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals for Javier Arenas, Anthony Sherman joins a team that didn't have a notable fullback last year. Sherman has a good chance to make the team with two rookies behind him. He just needs to stay focused and not allow the other fullbacks to outperform him.
Braden Wilson (No. 40)
Braden Wilson comes from a competitive Kansas State program under Bill Snyder's guidance. Wilson is making the transition from playing in college to playing under Reid in a new offense.
Toben Opurum (No. 44)
Toben Opurum, who played for the Kansas Jayhawks, is another local college rookie looking to make it in the NFL. Opurum might be the biggest underdog, trying to make the transition from defensive end and outside linebacker to fullback. But Opurum is no stranger to the position and played it his freshman year at Kansas. Can he make it in the league under a position he rarely played at the previous level?
Dwayne Bowe (No. 82)
Dwayne Bowe decided he will return to Kansas City to play for Reid and work with Smith as his new quarterback. Bowe had a perfect offseason and wants to return to his 2010 form, where he led the league in receiving touchdowns with 15. Bowe is optimistic about this season, so much so that he predicts he will lead the league in catches and touchdowns.
Jon Baldwin (No. 89)
Jon Baldwin is a gifted athlete, but is close to being tabbed as a first-round bust if he doesn’t step up this year. He’s been a major disappointment so far, but could improve with a new quarterback and a new coaching staff. In the end, he still is the dictator of his own success.
Dexter McCluster (No. 22)
Being the most versatile player on the team, Dexter McCluster could see some action out of the backfield and as a receiver. But like, Baldwin, his athleticism hasn’t been used to his advantage. At the same time, McCluster is a perfect fit for Reid’s offense. This year will be McCluster’s make or break season.
Donnie Avery (No. 17)
The Chiefs picked up Donnie Avery as an unrestricted free agent to come in and add some speed to Kansas City’s receiving corps. Avery is coming off a career high of 81 yards and 60 receptions. With four years under his belt, the Chiefs can use his veteran knowledge and skills to improve the passing game.
Devon Wylie (No. 19)
Staying healthy will be the key for Devon Wylie after a hamstring injury limited him to just six games during his rookie campaign. Despite being small, Wylie posses big speed and can gain a lot of yards after a catch.
Junior Hemingway (No. 88)
Being drafted late, Junior Hemingway was on the practice squad each week and was promoted to the 53-man roster at the end of the season. But he never played in the only game he was active in. This year, Hemingway knows he has a fresh start with a new coaching staff, but a lot has to go his way if he wants to get significant playing time.
Terrance Copper (No. 10)
Terrance Copper's contribution on offense has been very small as most of his duties come on special teams. Ending the season on injured reserve, Copper has to try and impress a new coaching staff to hold his spot on the team.
Jamar Newsome (No. 84)
Jamar Newsome joined the team late in the season, but because of Kansas City's quarterback woes, it was hard to notice that he was on the team. Newsome wants to stay in Kansas City and see if he can succeed with Smith as his quarterback.
Rico Richardson (No. 83)
As an undrafted free agent, Rico Richardson has to go out of his way to try and make the team. He might have to develop rapport with Bray, who will likely throw to him the most in preseason games and scrimmages in camp.
Frankie Hammond (No. 85)
Coming out of Florida, Frankie Hammond must make a splash in the preseason, but that will be a challenge if his playing time is limited.
Tyler Shoemaker (No. 14)
After a brief spring tenure with Tampa Bay, Tyler Shoemaker has a second chance in the NFL. Can he make the most of it?
Josh Bellamy (No. 18)
Josh Bellamy graduated from the practice squad in December. But now that the team is more competitive, making the team will be more difficult.
Mardy Gilyard (No. 13)
Tony Moeaki (No. 81)
Injuries have derailed Tony Moeaki’s career, keeping him away from reaching his potential. Moeaki missed OTAs and mini-camp due to injury and won’t have his first official practice in front of Reid until training camp. Moeaki, talent wise, is capable of being a starter. But if he continues to find more time on the sidelines, it could lead to a release.
Anthony Fasano (No. 80)
Fasano caught five touchdown passes last year with the Dolphins, which is more than anyone from the Chiefs last season. Fasno brings firepower and depth to the tight end position. If Moeaki can’t stay healthy, he can become the starter.
Travis Kelce (No. 87)
Travis Kelce was one of the top tight ends in college football last year while prepping at Cincinnati. Kelce fits in well with the Chiefs, who need all the help they can get in the passing game. Kelce will be another nice target for Smith to throw to.
Kevin Brock. (No. 46)
Since 2009, Kevin Brock has been an NFL journeyman, being with the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Raiders and Bills. Despite being able to work with several teams, he’s caught only one pass in his career.
Demetrius Harris (No. 47)
Demetrius Harris did not play college football in college and used his height on the hard floor. But he impressed Reid during OTAs and has a chance to live the dream of being an NFL player. If the Chiefs decide to keep three tight ends on the team and one on the practice squad, Harris could be the fourth tight end with the franchise.
Branden Albert (No. 76)
Branden Albert allowed only one sack in 2012, but those numbers could be misleading due to missing both games against the Denver Broncos, who have Von Miller, and previously Elvis Dumervil, as pass-rushers. In the end, Albert is still one of the better left tackles in the league.
Steven Baker (No. 60)
Steven Baker, the first player acquired in the Dorsey-Reid era, will compete to be behind Albert on the offensive line. The former Colt and Cardinal played a lot in the preseason last year and will get plenty of chances to prove himself this year.
Dustin Waldron (No. 68)
Dustin Waldron hasn’t been able to play in an NFL game. With what’s known about him, he’s expected to make the practice squad or get cut.
Geoff Schwartz (No. 74)
Geoff Schwartz is the most versatile player on the offensive line, capable of playing both guard and tackle professionally. He can be a valuable asset in case someone gets injured.
Jeff Allen (No. 71)
Jeff Allen was one of the better rookie offensive guards last year. He pulled through when Ryan Lilja was forced to shift to center. Now, Allen will go into 2013 with a serious shot to be named a starter.
Rodney Hudson (No. 61)
Rodney Hudson was limited to only three games before being placed on injured reserve due to a leg injury. Going into his third year, Hudson hopes to avoid injury and play a key role in helping the Chiefs.
Eric Kush (No. 52)
Among the seven draft picks, Eric Kush was the fifth offensive player drafted by the Chiefs. As a sixth-round pick, Kush should have a role on the team.
Tommie Draheim (No. 66)
Despite being with four different franchises last year, Tommie Draheim did not play a snap during his rookie season. He’d like to escape the practice squad and be part of a 53-man roster.
Jon Asamoah (No. 73)
As one of the underrated guards in the NFL, Jon Asamoah could be one of the best players from the offensive line. The Chiefs can rely on Asamoah due to his limited mistakes in penalties and allowing sacks.
Ryan Durand (No. 75) Since leaving Syracuse, Ryan Durand has had a hard time locking down a permanent spot. He’s only appeared in one game. But with a thin core of right guards, he could appear in more if he outlasts Hawkins.
Eric Fisher (No. 72) Eric Fisher, the No. 1 pick in the draft, has solidified his spot on the right side. If Fisher can keep up with defensive ends and linebackers, he’ll quickly be recognized as one of the best tackles in the league.
Donald Stephenson (No. 79)
Donald Stephenson is another versatile guard and showed it last year. He played both tackle positions due to multiple injuries. If the injury bug returns, the Chiefs will look to Stephenson for help.
Matt Reynolds (No. 70)
Since joining the Chiefs in May, Matt Reynolds has a little bit of familiarity with the team. Depending on how many tackles the Reid wants to keep, Reynolds’ chances of making the team are slim.
Kelly Colin (No. 59)
Kelly Colin is another undrafted free agent looking to make noise in training camp and the preseason to try and crack a spot on the 53-man roster. His chances are low, but an opportunity to make the practice squad is not out of the question.
Left Defensive End
Tyson Jackson (No. 94)
Tyson Jackson showed some flashes late last year and hopes he can change that into consistency. He was quietly third on the team in sacks. If he steps up, his “bust” label will be removed.
Marcus Dixon (No. 96)
Coming from the New York Jets, Marcus Dixon hopes to help the Chiefs and add depth on the defensive line.
Brad Madison (No. 77)
Brad Madison shined as a Missouri Tiger, but now he has to outplay teammates in order to duplicate the same success he had in college.
Austen Lane (No. 92)
Austen Lane was recently claimed off waivers by the Chiefs after the Jaguars let him go. Lane has to quickly pick up Bob Sutton’s defense in training camp and try to make the team within six weeks.
Dontari Poe (No. 92)
As a rookie, Dontari Poe had a solid rookie season with 38 tackles and four passes batted down. In his second year, Poe will be one of the leaders on the defensive line with a new coaching staff.
Anthony Toribio (No. 98) Anthony Toribio has spent the past couple of years with the Chiefs, but hasn’t played much. He hopes to have a bigger role on the defensive line this year.
Jerrell Powe (No. 95)
Jerrell Powe has been with the Chiefs since 2011 as a late-round draft pick, but he hasn’t played much. He will likely compete against Toribio for a spot on the team.
Right Defensive End
Mike DeVito (No. 70)
Coming from the Jets and filling in for Glenn Dorsey, Mike DeVito brings some experience to Kansas City. With DeVito’s addition, Kansas City’s starting three defensive linemen look better than they've ever been since converting to the 3-4 defense in 2009.
Allen Bailey (No. 97)
Allen Bailey has had a quiet career since being drafted in 2011. He has potential, but as a former third-round pick, Chiefs fans were hoping for more out of him. Can he get better with a new coaching staff?
Rob Lohr (No. 67)
Rob Lohr is an undrafted free agent from Vanderbilt looking to make an NFL roster. Since Bailey has been quiet, Lohr has a chance to outperform him and make the team.
Miguel Chavis (No. 65)
Miguel Chavis eyes a spot on Kansas City’s main roster. Chavis hopes to impress the coaches in training camp, but could end up on the practice squad at the very best.
Tamba Hali (No. 91)
Tamba Hali is one of the most feared pass-rushers in the NFL today. Since Jared Allen’s departure after the 2007 season, Hali took over as the Chiefs’ key pass-rusher. Hali has been invited to the last three Pro Bowls and made the last two and looks to help Kansas City’s defense again by limiting opposing quarterbacks
Justin Houston (No. 50)
In 2011, Justin Houston improved in the second half of the season as a rookie. Throughout last year, Houston soared through offensive tackles and led the team in sacks. As one of the rising defensive players in the NFL, he earned a late Pro Bowl invitation. He and Hali will be hard to stop. Both linebackers will apply pressure and play a big part in making Kansas City’s defense one of the best.
Edgar Jones (No. 99)
With Andy Studebaker no longer on the team, Edgar Jones looks to get more playing time on defense. Jones saw plenty of time on the field on special teams, leading the team in tackles with eight.
Ridge Wilson (No. 60)
Despite being an undrafted rookie, Ridge Wilson has a chance to make the team as a backup on the 53-man roster or on the practice squad with a chance to be promoted later in the season.
Mike Catapano (No. 53)
Mike Catapano is a seventh-round pick and was originally selected as a defensive end, but playing linebacker fits him the best on the team.
Derrick Johnson (No. 56)
As one of the top linebackers in the AFC, Derrick Johnson looks to continue to be the leader on defense, being the longest tenured defensive player on the team. His biggest challenge will be not having his best defensive mentor, Romeo Crennel.
Akeem Jordan (No. 55)
Akeem Jordan played six seasons for Reid in Philadelphia. With the second inside linebacker spot open, Jordan has a chance to be a starter beside Johnson.
Nico Johnson (No. 57)
Nico Johnson brings a winning attitude from Alabama with three national championship rings in hand. As one of the leaders on the Crimson Tide’s defense, he hopes to make a splash as a rookie.
Frank Zombo (No. 51)
Frank Zombo played for the Packers in 25 games and collected 53 tackles and five sacks. He will add depth and see plenty of action on special teams.
Zac Diles (No. 54)
Zac Diles, a seven-year veteran from Kansas State, ended last season on injured reserve. But he has an advantage with his versatility, capable of playing inside and outside linebacker positions.
Orie Lemon (No. 52)
Orie Lemon played in just five games with the Dallas Cowboys in the past two years. If he makes the team, he will play mostly on special teams.
Darin Drakeford (No. 66)
Darin Drakeford found success last year in Maryland, earning Week 7 ACC Linebacker of the Week and being tabbed as an honorable mention in the 2012 Coaches All-ACC Football team. His goal is to carry that over to Kansas City and try to build his way up.
Brandon Flowers (No. 24)
Brandon Flowers has been Kansas City’s primary cornerback since being drafted in 2008. This year, Flowers looks to be a key player again on defense and will get help from two new veteran cornerbacks.
Sean Smith (No. 27)
At 6’3”, Sean Smith is one of the tallest cornerbacks to ever play football. Smith has a height advantage and will be able to cover receivers well. This year, he will see some starts in Kansas City.
Dunta Robinson (No. 34)
During Dunta Robinson’s 10-year career in the NFL, he’s recorded 17 interceptions with the Texans and Falcons. He is another veteran coming in at cornerback to help stop high-powered offenses.
Jalil Brown (No. 30)
With Stanford Routt’s release and Arenas struggling, Jalil Brown saw two starts as a cornerback. But he shined on special teams and successfully helped field punts and limit returners.
Neiko Thorpe (No. 38)
As a rookie last season, Neiko Thorpe played a little bit of cornerback. He will see action again on special teams, but his defensive duty might shift to safety.
Buddy Jackson (No. 40)
Buddy Jackson will try to make the team as a cornerback or as a return man. But with players better than him in both spots, there may not be room for him on the team.
Vince Agnew (No. 23)
Vince Agnew played for the Cowboys very briefly in 2012, but was let go. He is looking for another chance in Kansas City.
Eric Berry (No. 29)
Eric Berry may have earned his Pro Bowl spot due to name recognition, but he still remains one of the better safeties and will be an important asset to the team as it bounces back from its two-win season.
Kendrick Lewis (No. 23)
Kendrick Lewis has had a roller coaster career since joining the Chiefs. With 2012 being a step back for everyone, including Lewis, he hopes to turn it around this year.
Sanders Commings (No. 26)
After an active senior season in 2012 with Georgia, fifth-round draft pick Sanders Commings has a chance to make the team and get face time on special teams and some defense. He'll likely play safety, but can play cornerback as well.
Husain Abdullah (No. 39)
Although Husain Abdullah took 2012 off, he could be a serviceable backup safety. Abdullah made some plays for the Vikings and could do well as a backup in Kansas City, giving the team depth.
Quintin Demps (No. 35)
Since 2008, Quintin Demps has played in the NFL and UFL. He is looking to avoid the UFL and play in the biggest football league. He will be competing against a lot of young safeties, who are also trying to make it in the NFL.
Tysyn Hartman (No. 31)
After playing at Kansas State, Tysyn Hartman came to Kansas City and saw a lot of time on defense and special teams.
Otha Foster (No. 42)
Otha Foster comes from a small school after spending his first two years of college at Pear River Community College. He came up with 96 tackles and 10 interceptions in 24 games with West Alabama. But can he make the team’s roster or just the practice squad?
Bradley McDougald (No. 48)
Bradley McDougald has some experience playing in the Big 12, but he had an up-and-down career at Kansas. Can he flourish under Reid?
Greg Castillo (No. 45)
Greg Castillo had a quiet career at Iowa and only started three games last year. He will need to be very active in training camp to make the team.
Malcolm Bronson (No. 41)
Malcolm Bronson signed late in May with the Chiefs, but ended 2012 with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3.
Ryan Succop (No. 9)
Ryan Succop made only three-of-six field goals in the final four games with some chip-shot misses. The Chiefs will need him to be more consistent, especially in low-scoring games.
Dustin Colquitt (No. 2)
Dustin Colquitt has been consistent with his punts and earned his first Pro Bowl bid last year. Hopefully this year, he continues his performance, but sees fewer punts. With a more competitive offense, that could be the case.
Thomas Gafford (No. 43)
Since 2009, Thomas Gafford has been a reliable snapper for the Chiefs on punts and field goals. He has also been able to help on punt coverage as well.