Kansas City Chiefs: Veterans Who Could Be Camp Casualties

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIJuly 30, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs: Veterans Who Could Be Camp Casualties

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    When you have 90 players in training camp, the intensity picks up and players fight hard to assure a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

    Position battles that occur in training camp make it more grueling, and fans follow those storylines more than other activities or goings-on at camp.

    In this slideshow, we will look at those veterans on the Chiefs who are on the bubble and could receive the pink slip before the regular season gets underway.

QB Chase Daniel

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    A lot of people were surprised when general manager John Dorsey signed Chase Daniel to a three-year, $10 million contract. Everyone knew Alex Smith would be the starting quarterback going into 2013 simply because the Chiefs gave up two second-round picks to acquire him.

    However, giving Daniel a $10 million deal just to be a backup caught many off guard. With Tyler Bray added last season and Aaron Murray drafted this year, Daniel knows that he is part of a fierce competition and must play well in the preseason to keep his No. 2 spot.

    If Daniel isn't the primary backup, don't expect him to be the third quarterback on the team, as it would be absurd to pay $3 million to a third-string quarterback.

RB Cyrus Gray

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    Like Daniel, Cyrus Gray finds himself in a competition with a couple of young, bright-eyed players. Knile Davis and rookie De'Anthony Thomas both have showcased their speed, which could make it hard for Gray in camp.

    Gray has never been the primary backup to Charles since coming out of Texas A&M and has seen marginal activity in his NFL career.

    Another factor is whether or not the Chiefs will use Thomas primarily as a running back or a receiver. Regardless, Thomas will still run the ball at times, but if he is listed as a receiver it could strengthen Gray's chances to stay in Kansas City.

WR Kyle Williams

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    Kyle Williams was unable to play last year due to an injury soon after his midseason signing with the Chiefs. The receiving core is very thin, so even a solid showing in training camp and preseason games is enough to crack a spot on the roster.

    But Williams has had a quiet camp. Although it is still early, his chances appear to be thin.

    A player who can play their original position and special teams has a greater chance of staying with the team. For Williams, his chances of handling return duties, which he did a bit with San Francisco, are lower now, as Davis and Thomas are the favorites to return punts and kickoffs.

K Ryan Succop

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    Ryan Succop was below the league average in field-goal makes and field-goal percentage. He's currently in the fourth year of his six-year, $14.48 million contract and is set to make $1.95 million this season.

    Is he worth the money? Succop has made 81 percent of his field goals in five years with the Chiefs since being drafted out of South Carolina.

    Cairo Santos has a great chance of pushing Succop out of the way and making himself the new kicker on the Chiefs as competition continues in camp.

    Succop is well-remembered for his chip-shot field goal against the Chargers in the regular-season finale, which could have allowed the Steelers in the playoffs had he made it.