The Chiefs enter their final preseason contest tonight against the Tennessee Titans. While many positions are locked down, some positions still offer intrigue. With roster cuts on the horizon, let’s take a look at three positions to watch for tonight.
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The linebacker position is one of the main weaknesses of this defense. Derrick Johnson is a shoo-in to start at one spot, but the other is up for grabs. Ramik Wilson and Justin March-Lillard will both push for time at the other spot. However, recently acquired linebacker Reggie Ragland won’t go quietly. The Chiefs traded for him two days ago, and he brings a natural downhill thumper ability. Also, rookie Ukeme Eligwe is sitting in the background. He moved around a bunch at Georgia Southern, and it seems he will get looks on the inside as well. Ragland and Eligwe are two big names to watch tonight.
The wide receiver position is still a conundrum. De’Anthony Thomas continues to show his value in the return game, and that makes it hard to cut him. Demarcus Robinson is still doing well in camp, but his spot is still not guaranteed. Rookies Jehu Chesson and Gehrig Dieter are other receivers to watch. Chesson is going to make the team, while Dieter needs a super strong showing tonight to get consideration. The other big name is Seantavius Jones. Jones has flashed time and time again in camp, but it seems that isn’t guaranteeing him a spot. Tonight is important for a lot of names here.
The Chiefs offensive line is basically set for the season. However, guard Parker Ehinger is coming off injury, so it’s possible he won’t be the starter next Thursday. Bryan Wintzmann is currently the starting left guard according to Ourlads.com. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, and if tonight’s game factors into that decision. The other big story along the line comes via another trade. General manager Brett Veach also dealt for Browns offensive lineman Cameron Erving this week. It is unclear where he plays at this point, but a plan is surely in place.
The final preseason game means a lot for roster hopefuls.
Jake Schyvinck is the managing editor for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.