Who’s in, who’s out: Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster projections

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Quarterbacks (3)

1. Alex Smith

2. Tyler Bray

3. Aaron Murray

The roster battle between Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray has been the most intriguing one we’ve seen in St. Joe. The Chiefs have a big decision to make here as they’ll need to choose between a pricy yet more experienced veteran in Daniel or one of the two developmental signal callers in Bray and Murray. I don’t see Andy Reid handing a pink slip to Bray considering how much he has progressed since last season, and cutting Murray, a fifth round pick, makes very little sense. Plus, with Daniel’s contract off the books, the Chiefs save over $1 million.

Running Back (4)

1. Jamaal Charles

2. Knile Davis

3. De’Anthony Thomas

4. Cyrus Gray

Charles, Davis and Thomas’ spots on the final 53 are guaranteed, but after that is where things get interesting. Behind Thomas the Chiefs have veterans Cyrus Gray and Joe McKnight followed up by UDFA Charcandrick West. Gray has shown flashes of potential in the past, is highly regarded among the coaching staff due to his hard work on special teams, and has an upper hand with experience in Reid’s system. McKnight’s chances of making the final cut are slim, and don’t be shocked if West ends up on the practice squad. The Albilene Christian grad has ability.

Fullback (1)

1. Anthony Sherman

Sherman had a very successful first year in Kansas City and is set to build off of that season in year two. ProFootballFocus.com ranked Sherman as the top blocking fullback in the NFL last season, finishing the year with a +17.9 overall grade.

Wide Receivers (6)

1. Dwayne Bowe

2. Donnie Avery

3. Junior Hemingway

4. AJ Jenkins

5. Albert Wilson

6. Frankie Hammond Jr.

Donnie Avery’s role as the no. 2 receiver may be secured for now, but it’s far from set in stone with Junior Hemingway and AJ Jenkins not too far behind. Albert Wilson has hands down been the biggest surprise in St. Joe and has forced himself into consideration for a roster spot with his solid play as both a receiver and returner. Hammond is piecing together another impressive camp (spent last year on practice squad) and has definitely done enough to earn a spot. Kyle Williams may be having the most impressive camp of all the wideouts, but my gut feeling says that the Chiefs will stay away from Williams and his worrisome injury history.

Tight End (3)

1. Anthony Fasano

2. Travis Kelce

3. Demetrius Harris

Prior to Sean McGrath’s unexpected retirement, the Chiefs had an intriguing roster battle on their hands between he and former-baller Demetrius Harris. But with McGrath’s departure and Harris’ development moving along nicely, this position is nearly set. Recent signee Adam Schiltz seems to be nothing more than a camp body.

Offensive Line (8)

OT: Eric Fisher, Donald Stephenson, Ryan Harris

OG: Jeff Allen, Zach Fulton, Ricky Henry

C: Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush

Zach Fulton has exceeded expectation three weeks into camp, and has already taken over the starting job at right guard. Behind Fulton the Chiefs have Ricky Henry, who has made national headlines not for his feisty attitude on the field, but for what Andy Reid had to say about him to the media (). Harris provides a much needed veteran presence to an incredibly young group, and Kush continues to impress after showing up to camp in great shape.

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