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The GMKC: Predicting the Chiefs 53-man roster

Training camp is winding down, here is a prediction for what Chiefs fans can expect to see out of the 53man active roster.

Quarterback (3)

Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Matt Moore

In a year with several uncertainties having quarterbacks with game experience is a huge advantage. Obviously Mahomes is the man, but if the unthinkable were to happen (again) Chad Henne or Matt Moore would be able to step in and give the Chiefs a shot.

Running Back (3)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrell Williams, Deandre Washington

I struggled to not put Darwin Thompson on this list since he is only in his second year but the Chiefs have greater needs at other positions and this unit looks deep already. CEH will look for a stand out rookie season but we should see Darrell Williams continue to be a solid back up, and even see Washington on some certain downs and distances due to his ability to catch out of the backfield.

Fullback (1)

Anthony Sherman

The Sausage is back for another round.

Tight End (3)

Travis Kelce, Nick Keizer, Deon Yelder

While Travis Kelce will look to continue his historic run the competition heats up for the last two roster spots. Ricky Seals-Jones looked poised to make the roster as TE2 but a lower body injury cost him valuable time and also paved the way for Nick Keizer to gain momentum headed into cut down day. Deon Yelder saw time last season but he has been quiet in camp, it will come down to the health of Seals-Jones to determine whether him or Yelder make the roster.

Wide Receiver (6)

Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, DeMarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Jody Fortson

This unit should be primed to dominate from top to bottom in 2020.

Offensive Line (10)

Mitchell Schwartz, Andrew Wylie, Austin Reiter, Kelechi Osemele, Eric Fisher, Mike Remmers, Martinas Rankin, Daniel Kilgore, Nick Allegretti, Greg Senat

We could potentially see this be the most improved unit on the Chiefs roster for the upcoming season. Good tackle play from Fisher and Schwartz will once again be the strenght of the unit and the addition of Kelechi Osemele should improve the overall of the IOL.

Defensive Line (10)

Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, Khalen Saunders, Mike Danna, Tanho Kpassagnon, Breeland Speaks, Taco Charlton, Braxton Hoyett

This unit is going to be very versatile and could be the strength of the Chiefs D in 2020. Chris Jones and Frank Clark will shine but the depth is the real strength of this unit. There are eight players in this unit that could start for most any other team. When Mike Pennel returns from his two game suspension the unit will only get stronger.

Linebackers (6)

Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, Willie Gay Jr. , Ben Niemann, Dorien O’Daniel, Demmone Smith

Willie Gay Jr. could be a breakout player for this unit in 2020, and should help the overall play of the unit. Hitchens will be back to lead the group as he enters his contract season, which should lead to better overall performance in 2020 than we saw in 2019.

Defensive Backs (8)

Tyrann Mathiue, Charvarius Ward, Juan Thornhill, Daniel Sorensen, Rashad Fenton, L’Jarius Sneed, Antonio Hamilton, Adrian Colbert, Bopete Keyes

The Chiefs do have a lack of depth at CB but that being said they do have he deepest safety unit in the NFL, and they should be able to use it to make up for the lack of experience at the corner position. Tyrann Mathiue is the leader of the entire Chiefs defense and with Juan Thornhill and Charvarius Ward the DB unit could have a special season.

Specialists (3)

James Winchester, Tommy Townsend, Harrison Butker

New punter Tommy Townsend will have big shoes to fill.

Not Active Roster due to suspension: Mike Pennel, Bashaud Breeland

Breeland and Pennel not starting the season will likely hurt the team but when Pennel is back in week two, and Breeland is back in week four the defense will improve.

Possible Practice Squad Candidates: Darwin Thompson, Chris Lammons, Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, Jackson Barton, Lavert Hill, Omari Cobb, Darryl Williams, Tim Ward.

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