All eyes in Chiefs Kingdom have been eagerly watching Patrick Mahomes, and how he has been able to perform. At the moment, this is still Alex Smith’s team, so Mahomes doesn’t fully have the keys to Andy Reid’s offense. The Chiefs have some flamboyant athletes who can play and there are some good position battles going into the preseason. This list shows players who may have a pretty good amount of playing if they make the team.
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5: Gavin Escobar- Tight End
Escobar spent his first four seasons in a Cowboys uniform. For Escobar, he was always shadowing Jason Witten in Dallas. Escobar had a some decent numbers in Dallas, but he could be a red zone weapon for the Chiefs. The tight end position is filled with a lot of good players, so it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs carry three or four tight ends. At training camp, Escobar has shown how athletic he can be with a height of 6’6. Escobar’s tall and rangy, at times he shows above average speed. Wouldn’t be a surprise if Escobar makes the team, but Kansas City also has Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and Ross Travis.
4: Josh Mauga- Linebacker
Mauga missed all of last season with an injury, so this is a big preseason for him. This would also be big for the Chiefs, if Mauga were to make the team. He is a perfect depth player who has starting experience. In the NFL, teams can never have too much depth. The Chiefs would be excited to see Mauga come back and play for a cheap price, given their salary cap space.
3: CJ Spiller- Running Back
Spiller entered the NFL Draft back in 2010 with the potential to be a star player. Injuries hurt his career early on and after a few seasons in Buffalo, Spiller has been merely a backup with New Orleans, Seattle, and the New York Jets. Spiller still was used well in New Orleans for a while, but he has never been the top guy since his Buffalo days. He has a shot to be another player whose career is resurrected late. Unfortunately for Spiller, he is part of a position that is filled with a bunch of talent.
2: Seantavius Jones- Wide Receiver
Many wide receivers have shown some great progress in training camp, the obvious ones are Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley. But, one player who needed to have a good camp was Seantavius Jones. Jones is on his second training camp with the Chiefs. Speed is the name of the game for Jones and in training camp Jones has been consistent against some of the Chiefs top defensive backs. Jones will most likely be one of the last roster decisions the Chiefs will have to make entering the regular season. Jones has a great chance to make the team, but nothing is guaranteed.
1: Kareem Hunt- Running Back
It’s hard not to give the top spot on this list to Jones, but when you have a guy who is very similar to Jamaal Charles it kind of helps Chiefs fans think about Charles going to the rival Broncos. Kareem Hunt was the Chiefs third round draft pick this year, who has said how ecstatic he was when the Chiefs were the team to draft him. Hunt had a stellar college career at Toledo, but being in smaller school kept from getting national attention. He only had one fumble in college, and his threat of speed and being able to catch the ball out of the backfield will give him a chance to take some snaps from Spencer Ware.
The preseason may not be very exciting, but these players could really help the team when the schedule gets to the regular season. Most of these guys are offensive players, so their amount of playing time in the preseason will be plentiful. It is finally time to see something other than training camp.