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Predicting the Chiefs' Offensive Depth Chart

The Kansas City Chiefs have made some serious strides in their off season roster.  Brining in the “new regime” of general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, some shake ups were expected, but I don’t think they’ve been as crazy as many thought.  Of course, three-fourths of the quarterback room are new faces and there are a couple of new receivers, but for the most part, it seems  Reid and Dorsey have agreed that there is talent on this roster, it just hasn’t been utilized, or more importantly, maximized.

But…this isn’t Pop-Warner football and these players aren’t a part of a program where everybody makes the team and gets a trophy.  These men are professional athletes who are all competing for a spot on the final 53-man roster that will be released later this summer. As we are now 56 days away from the Chiefs first preseason game, I thought I would look at where I believe the Chiefs players are on the depth chart.

Keep in mind, I am basing several of these evaluations off what I’ve read, video I’ve see and things I’ve heard reports on.  But, I’m sure if you Addicts disagree with any spots, you’ll be sure to let me know down below.

I’ll tackle the offense this week and then next week, we’ll take a look at the defense.

Without further ado, here is my “Mid-Offseason Break Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart.”

A couple of notes:

All rookies are denoted in italics. 

All drafted rookies are in bold italics.

Those highlighted in red are my projected cuts.

The quarterback battle is really set already, with the exception of the “coveted” third string spot. I really think Tyler Bray will make the team and Ricky “The American Dream” Stanzi will be on the outside looking in when the final roster cuts are made. As has been said over and over on this site and others, Stanzi has been on the team through two coaches and was never able to see the field even when Cassel, Quinn and Tyler “Employee of the Month” Palko were struggling. I don’t see him surviving on a roster with a coaching staff who didn’t draft him.

We all know JC is the man in Kansas City. Dare I say, he’s probably the most talented football on this roster and the definitely the key to the Chiefs’ offense. However, there really hasn’t been an “heir apparent” behind him as of yet. I think all Chiefs fans are hoping that Knile Davis is that guy, considering the relatively high draft pick (96th overall) used on him. Only time will tell. Behind him, I like Jordan Roberts. He’s a big, strong bruising type of runner who could potentially get some push. He’s a bit of a long shot to make the roster, but I think he’s got the skills to pull it off if he has a good camp.

On the fullback front, I see Reid and crew keeping two blocking runners. I think Anthony Sherman is a lock to start the position, barring any unforeseen circumstances, given the trade by which he was acquired and sending cornerback Javier Arenas to the Phoenix Cardinals. Behind him, even though Braden Wilson was a sixth round pick (204th overall), I think they keep him as well and let him develop behind Sherman. Reid really liked him and said:

“He’s six-foot-three inches tall, so we’re talking about a big kid here. I thought he was the best blocking fullback in the draft, in particular for being so tall. Normally you see guys who are fireplug-type guys, but that’s not what you’re looking at here; he’s a big, tall kid that just has a knack for blocking. He’s also a good catcher of the football; and he’s somebody, with that size, that you can move around a little. You can move him up onto a tight end position or a slot position and ask him to block, he’s capable of doing that.”

That doesn’t speak to me about a player that the coaching staff is willing to throw away. We’ll see.

Finally, the Chiefs’ wide receiving corps is exceptionally deep heading into the break and then traning camp. Currently, the Chiefs hold 13 players who are competing for six to seven roster spots. I think everyone agrees that Bowe, Baldwin and Avery are locks on this roster. Going one spot deeper, Reid has already voiced his appreciation for Dexter McCluster so I think he’s got a pretty good shot to be in Chiefs red this year as well. The bottom three spots on the chart are tough. Terrance Copper is the perennial pro, who has excelled (as much as any Chief has “excelled” in recent years) on special teams and shown flashes in the receiving game behind some sub-par (I’m being nice) QB play. Second year man, Devon Wylie was a bit of a disappointment last year. The injuries he sustained during preseason stayed with him throughout the regular season and never really let him take off. Junior Hemmingway made the list strictly because of the praise he received from Alex Smith during McCluster’s absence.

Moving down the line of scrimmage, we have the tight ends. This is a position that will be very intriguing to watch this season. I say that for a couple of reasons. First, the Chiefs really started the pass catching, touchdown scoring, tight end movement long before guys like Gronkowski, Graham and Hernandez ever hit the scene. The Chiefs have been trying to find their “Tony G” since he left in a trade to Atlanta. I’m sure we’re all hoping he’s finally arrived in the form of third round draft pick (63rd overall) Travis Kelce. I think he gets the start only because of his pass catching ability. The other reasons I think the TE race will be interesting this season is because Smith is a big fan of the tight end. San Francisco 49er, Vernon Davis was Alex’s absolute favorite target. I think some of that may translate to the way he plays in KC.

I think we should look for former Miami Dolphin Anthony Fasano to be right there in the mix with long shot, rookie Demetrius Harris to be the third stringer. I really think Tony Moeaki either gets cut or plays behind all three of these guys. He is on the outside, looking in with his history of injuries and non-production last season. One good rookie year isn’t going to be enough to save his job when the coaches start asking for playbooks (or iPads as the case may be).

The offensive line is a bit of an enigma every season, because there needs to be enough depth to cover the inevitable injury, and you want guys in reserve who can move around from position to position. This year, the Chiefs O-line is more interesting than normal because, “on paper” it has the potential to be the best front five in football.

We all know the “bookend tackles” will be Branden Albert on the left and the No. 1 overall draft pick, Eric Fisher on the right. The true question is who will be playing between these two men. My money is on Jon Asmoah starting at right guard and Geoff Schwartz moving to the left guard spot. I think Rodney Hudson will resume his role as starting center but will have to fight for the job with sixth round pick (170th overall) Eric Kush. In the reserve role, I think Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen will resume their roles as well, however Stephenson gets the nod between the two because he can move into either the tackle or guard roles a bit easier (and better) than Allen.

There you have it, Addicts. These are my predictions for the Chiefs’ offensive depth chart. Think I’m crazy? You’re probably not alone. Chime in below in the comments section! Thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!

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  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    We have the worst receivers in the NFL

    • Lee Eckel

      You need to change your handle AND your attitude or get another team. IMO

    • Brody Hall

      You say that now but wait and see what happens when that have Reid coaching them and a good qb throwing to them. Take that negative crap somewhere else son!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Not even close. Bowe at 1, Avery at 2, McCluster in the slot? That’ll be a better than average group (that could bring 2,200 yards to the offense).

      • Pessimisticchiefsfan

        You are going to tell me a wide receiving core that has Avery and mccluster as its 2 and 3 option is above average. Please list 16 teams in the NFL who have a worse group

        • Jason Seibel

          Vikings, Jets, Bears, Dolphins, Bills, Chargers, Browns, Jags, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Bucs, Pats, Saints, Raiders, Lions

          • Darkwolf1414

            That’s a good list. It’s half the league, too!

          • Jason Seibel

            He asked for 16 teams so I gave it to him.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Oakland, Buffalo, New England, San Diego, Minnesota, St. Louis, New York (Jets), Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Francisco, Detroit, New York (Giants). You asked for 16…that’s 17. You were saying?

          • Jason Seibel

            The only one I disagree with you on is the Giants. Nicks and Cruz are tough. But the rest, you’re right on.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The Giants don’t have a 3rd WR who’ll produce like DMC.

          • P Heitman

            In St. Louis, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Stedmon Bailey and Austin Pettis could be pretty studly if their QB can stay upright.

        • Robert Mccall

          Do not respond to this person. They only want to stir up negativity.

          • paul pace

            Here, here!

    • Pessimisticchiefsfan

      I guess I would consider Bowe a decent receiver to have if he wasn’t the most over paid player in the NFL

      • P Heitman

        Mike Wallace?

      • Jim Harper

        Every time I read something you post just three words come to mind. Dumb and Dumber!

        • Robert Mccall

          He is a troll. Ignore him. His only plan is to stir up negativity and get a rise out of people.

          • Jim Harper

            Thank you Robert. Troll is a fitting description.:)

          • paul pace

            Your right! Some people just like to stir of garbabe just to irritate people. I am new to this site and enjoy reading the posts with the exception of a few. I am a die hard Chiefs fan even though I retired and moved to Phoenix 3 years ago. It costs me aprox 200 a year to purchase the NFL ticket so that I can watch the games but is well worth it to me. So, I ignore trolls like him!

          • Jason Seibel

            Welcome, Paul! We’re glad to have you here! I too have to pay the $200 a year to get the ticket, but it’s worth every penny to me! Go Chiefs!!!

          • paul pace

            Thanks Jason. I look forward to reading more posts and may even give some of my own opinions/observations from time to time. Go Chiefs and look out Denver (Donkeys) because KC is bringing it!!

    • Jim Harper

      And that is one of the dumbest comments I have ever read!

    • Robert Mccall

      Get a new attitude. A new handle. And then you will be on your way to getting a life. Never, ever, ever, choose haterism as a way of life. Either way, please spare us the negativity and choose to participate somewhere else.

      • KCMikeG

        True that! Need to share these thoughts with Burtgummer too.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict


    You have 28 offensive players making the team. Double that for your defense, and you have 56 players. That doesn’t account for special teams (K,P, and LS). Where are your other cuts coming from to get down to a 53 man roster?

    • Jason Seibel

      Merlin, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I’ll post my D roster next week, but as I said above, I gave a bigger nod to the offense. Again, this is just my first depth chart (pre camp) so there is definitely some room for movement and improvement.

    • Spencer

      3 practice camp bodies??? or is it 4??? he could be seeing that but anyway I see Copper being released and it being a battle between Wylie or Hemingway keeping the other spot…

      but yea maybe he is looking at 56 to include the practice bodies (i believe you get 3, OR he is projecting Moeaki to go on Ir before the season, or possibly a few other “unfortunate right before the cuts injuries to a few key players and them going on IR) -fairly certain that you don’t have a limit to how many players you can have IR…probably would be considered cheating and some bad stuff happening if they did this but hey, why not try??? ^^ {that last bit was a joke…if you thought it wasn’t a joke…well good for you….(sarcasm here)}

      • Jason Seibel

        I wasn’t thinking that, though the final WR, RB and TE will probably end up there. My O and D charts a little off center, but that’s just how I saw it all fall with my first hack at the depth chart.

  • ladner morse

    Jason… excellent breakdown. Fun read all the way around!
    I agree on your assessment of QBs but believe many will differ on this point.

    • Jason Seibel

      Thanks, Ladner! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Travis Forsyth

    QBs are good, RBs: I’d cut Roberts and keep Draughn, FB will be Sherman so cut Wilson, one to many WRs I’d cut Hemmingway as well, TE: Fasano gets the start and Kelce will be our #2 Moeaki our #3 and cut Harris (no need for 4 TE), and I’d keep a Tackle and/or a Guard…

    • Darkwolf1414

      Normally I would agree about there being no need to carrying 4 TEs. However, I think the talent and versatility they have at the position could warrant carrying 4. Kelce and Harris can both float as TE/H-backs.

      • KCMikeG

        Especially when Moeaki & Kelce will line up as WR’s too.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Like Merlin, I think you have too many players making it on offense. If you set aside three spots for K, P, and LS that leaves 50 roster spots. I’d assume a 25/25 split, meaning you’d need to cut three more players. I think they’ll keep one less RB/FB, WR, and TE. If I had to guess right now I’d say Roberts, Copper, and Harris are out but that could easily change after training camp. The rest of your projections look good to me.

    • KCMikeG

      Our roster last year was exactly that 25 offense, 25 defense and the 3 Special Team players. Agree with you on Harris & Roberts (both should be developmental PS players) & Copper – he just can’t contribute at WR. I think Copper has also developed a rep that exceeds his contributions.

      Linebacker Edgar Jones leads the Chiefs ST with 7 Tackles. Overall, he ranks as their best coverage player. Against the Buccaneers, Edgar had a blocked punt return for a Touchdown during Week 6 in Tampa Bay. Linebacker Cory Greenwood is next with 6 Tackles and 2 Missed Tackles. Linebacker Brandon Siler (5 TKL, 1 Ast), Wide Receiver Terrance Copper (5 TKL, 1 Ast, 1 MT), Cornerback Jalil Brown (4 TKL, 1 Ast, 1 MT) and Linebacker Andy Studebaker (4 TKL, 1 MT) round out the leaders on the Kansas City Coverage teams.
      The Chiefs 25.6 yard average allowed on Kickoffs is the 7th most in the league and their 14.2 yards allowed on Punt Returns are the 2nd most allowed this season according to ESPN stats. They are tied for 1st (Buffalo, Detroit) having surrendered 2 Touchdowns in 2012.

      Coaching is critical and I would appreciate some insight on why we let Priefer go for Hoffman? We used to have one of the best ST Units in the NFL. Part of the reason we have slipped is due to the recent instability in Coordinators. Mike Priefer coordinated our ST from 2006-08 and they had the 13th ranked Unit in 2006. Steve Hoffman accepted the position of Special Teams Coach with the Chiefs in 2009, then Priefer went to Denver as the ST’s Coordinator under Josh McDaniel. He inherited the 27th ranked squad and improved it up to #19 and improved again in 2012 to #13. Once again we had turnover and Tom McMahon was hired in 2012 and lead us to a #22 ranking. While a ST’s Coordinator is limited by his personnel and must use backups and the bottom of the roster to make ends meet, having turnover at the coaching position as well as the roster makes for inconsistency all around.
      There has been a huge turnover in the ST roster and Toub is one of the best ST coaches around so hopefully we will see a significant improvement this year. Field position changes the play calling on offense, the aggressiveness of the defense and makes or breaks the game more often than not.

      • Darkwolf1414

        I think that it’s weird that Copper doesn’t see the field, on offense, a lot but when he does he gets open and makes clutch catches. That was with Cassel throwing the ball, too.

        • KCMikeG

          Yeah I’m not remembering Copper making many catches?? I know he hasn’t had a ton of opportunities but he has no TD’s on 84 receptions in his four years here.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I can’t see the team cutting Draughn, carrying 7 WR’s/4 TE’s, or only keeping 3 T’s and G’s.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Having 3 reserve OL is actually pretty standard. I think what he has listed is possible, but Kush could easily go on the practice squad and they could roster another OL that could play G or T.

      • berttheclock

        A couple of years ago, the Giants had so much trouble keeping their offensive linemen healthy, they rotated two O-linemen from the practice squad to the 53 on a regular basis.

    • Jason Seibel

      I just wasn’t all that impressed with Draughn last year. The 4 TEs might be a stretch, I’ll agree, but I wasn’t quite ready to let go of Tony Moeaki yet…but I really think he’s facing an uphill battle to make the squad.

      • Darkwolf1414

        I’m not ready to banish Moeaki yet either. I think Moe should get this season to see if he can stay healthy. He fought through all of his dings his rookie season, 2nd season he was one of the 3 ACL triplets (freak shit really) and last year he came along slowly, as did Berry and Charles. Charles looked farther ahead because he ran well but he also took himself out of games A LOT early in the season.

        • KCMikeG

          Agreed! Moeaki coming off his ACL and dealing with RAC, Daboll, Cassel & Quinn still was only 103 yards short of his rookie record.

  • KCMikeG

    Here is how things looked heading into the first matchup of the year in 2012 vs. the Atlanta Falcons. MY 2013 PREFERENCES IN BOLD.


    WR Steve Breaston (AVERY), Jon Baldwin, Devon Wylie

    LT Branden Albert, Donald Stephenson

    LG Ryan Lilja (SCHWARZ), Jeff Allen

    C Rodney Hudson

    RG Jon Asamoah

    RT Eric Winston (FISHER)

    TE Kevin Boss (FASANO), Tony Moeaki (IF HEALTHY), Steve Maneri (KELCE), Jake O’Connell (HARRIS/WILSON)

    WR Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster (ROSTER AS RB), Terrance Copper (HEMINGWAY), (GILYARD)

    QB Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn (DANIELS), Ricky Stanzi (BRAY PRACTICE SQUAD)

    RB Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn (DAVIS), Cyrus Gray, (MCCLUSTER)

    RB: Peyton Hillis (SHERMAN), Nate Eachus (POSITION FILLED BY RB)


    RDE Glenn Dorsey (DEVITO)

    NT Anthony Toribio, Dontari Poe (MOVES TO STARTER), Jerrell Powe

    LDE Tyson Jackson, Ropati Pitoitua (CATAPANO), Allen Bailey

    ROLB Andy Studebaker (HALI SUSPENSION) (HALI), Edgar Jones (WILSON)

    RILB Derrick Johnson, Cory Greenwood (DILES)

    LILB Jovan Belcher (JOHNSON), Brandon Siler (JORDAN)

    LOLB Justin Houston, Brandon Siler (EDGAR JONES)

    RCB Stanford Routt (SMITH), Javier Arenas (COMMINGS)

    LCB Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown (ROBINSON – NICKEL), Jacques Reeves (BROWN)

    FS Kendrick Lewis, Travis Daniels (ABDULLAH), Tysyn Hartman (OTHA)

    SS Eric Berry, Abram Elam (DEMPS)


    P Dustin Colquitt

    K Ryan Succop

    KO Ryan Succop

    PC Thomas Gafford, Cory Greenwood, Andy Studebaker (JONES)

    KC Thomas Gafford, Cory Greenwood, Andy Studebaker (JONES)

    H Dustin Colquitt, Brady Quinn (DANIELS), Ricky Stanzi

    PR Javier Arenas (GONE), Dexter McCluster (#1), Devon Wylie (GILYARD/GRAY)

    KR Javier Arenas (DAVIS), Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie


    • P Heitman

      Catapano is an OLB and Commings will play safety, but otherwise not bad.

  • thabear04

    I think Shaun Draughn will make it because when Hillis was out he was great when he was out.

    • berttheclock

      Interesting that Pioli worked out both Draughn and William Powell from K-State in early October, but, kept Draughn. Powell, who, apparently, left Asta home, went to the Cardinals and scored a long TD against the Chiefs in a preseason game. Both had 59 carries last season with Draughn outgaining Powell 233 yards to 216. Draughn did have 2 TDs, but, Powell had 21 returns for 507 yards. All in all, not a bad October workout at Arrowhead.

  • Damian1982

    I have to agree with some of the others commenting on two points. One, I believe Draughn will make the team. Theres two guys on this team I had a really good feeling about last year for some reason. Draughn, and Wylie. No idea why, it was just a feeling. So I hope they both stay. The other point I agree with is that pessimisticchiefsfan needs to find a new team to never actually cheer for.

    • berttheclock

      If Draughn survives, it will only be due to his improving his pass protection game, which, really has been lacking.

    • Jim Harper

      Here Here!!!!

  • berttheclock

    Should Dorsey be able to reach a financial deal with Leach, then, the FB position changes immediately.

    • Jason Seibel

      Agreed. That does a lot. Then, potentially the failure that was the Tony G trade is complete.

      Chiefs trade Tony for 3rd Rd pick.

      Chiefs pick Javier Arenas with 3rd Rd pick.

      Chiefs trade Javier Arenas to Phoenix Cardinals for Anthony Sherman.

      Chiefs release Anthony Sherman when they sign Vontae Leach.

      The “circle of suck” that was that trade has given away the best TE to play the game and the Chiefs ended up with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

      • Darkwolf1414

        Nice wordsmithing. “circle of suck” LOL classic.

  • berttheclock

    August should be very interesting, especially, for Harris. He may prove to be too good to allow others to pick him up from the Taxi Squad. One point about Fasano. If you look at the stats from last year’s Dolphins team, you will see he scored 5 TDs, whereas, their wide outs only had a couple a piece. Looks as though he is a go to guy in the Red Zone. I can’t recall the game, but, I did catch a bit of one of their games where he ended up wide open in the end zone.

    • Jason Seibel

      I really think if Dorsey has anything to say about it, Harris makes the team over Moeaki. As for Fasano, he caught 5 TDs last season and all 5 were in the red zone. That makes me happy because the RZ is a place where this team has continued to struggle over the past 5 years.

  • P Heitman

    I dont know about Jordan Roberts over Draughn and Gray…or keeping seven wideouts…or Kelce starting…but overall some good food for thought.

  • Jim Harper

    Nice job Jason! I am in total agreement on the QB’s. As for the RB’s I don’t know much about Roberts so my instinct tells me he is the odd man out. As for FB I think they only keep one, but I could find no fault with any of the other picks you chose, with the possible exception that I would probably take Gilyard over Copper.

    • Jason Seibel

      Thanks, Jim! Roberts is a long shot for sure, but I just wasn’t that impressed with Draughn last season. Copper gets the nod from me, just because he’s always kind of been here and done well on special teams.

      • Darkwolf1414

        I think you’re right on Copper. He’s an excellent Special Teams player and he’s actually made some pretty clutch plays over the past few years. He doesn’t crack the starting lineup but when he’s pushed into action he’ll make the catches you need him to make.

      • Jim Harper

        I understand, but he has been around for 10 years. It may be time to give someone else a shot, but you are right about his contributions on special teams.

    • Darkwolf1414

      I agree. I think Roberts is the one left out in the cold at RB and they only keep 1 FB. I understand Jason’s logic in them keeping 2 FBs, though.

  • Jason Seibel

    Hey everyone, thanks for reading and commenting! I really enjoyed reading the differing opinions and takes on all of this. A little insight into my thought process…I’m fully aware I kept 28 offensive players. My thought process on that front was that Reid is a bit more of an offensive minded coach, and there was more readily available talent already on the defense, which I’ll post next week. Anyways, I’ll try to respond to individual comments, but like I said, I’m just glad we’re all talking about this! Have a great weekend!

    • Robert Mccall

      Good work Jason. I agree that Reid will likely keep a little more in offensive skill players. I think both RB’s and WR’s will be a little overstaffed. That is his MO.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m kind of late getting in on this but I’m on California time and been running all day. Solid article Jason, I really love this stuff. It helps a lot to have a depth chart put in front of you. Thanks for the work on that. I think there has to be a couple less players though, (as others have stated). To me the bubble guys are Roberts, Wilson, Hemingway, Copper, Harris and Kush.

    If Moeaki is injured he’ll go IR. He’s way too talented to just let go. If he’s healthy he’s the best TE on the team, (unless Kelce comes on strong, which I’m hoping will happen). But he is better than Fasano. Harris is the tough call, he really looks promising and might not last on the practice squad.

    As for Kush, I don’t think he’ll give Hudson much of a challenge yet. He’s still too inconsistent and raw, needs to work on his technique.

    All of these guys have to perform at a high level during training camp if they are going to make the team. As we’ve seen before there is a big difference between playing in pads and not and also playing in an actual game. This preseason should work a lot of this out.

    • Robert Mccall

      I agree about Moeaki. He is a stud when healthy.

  • calciomoti

    I have to be honest…I’m really routing for josh Bellamy to do something and make the team. I don’t even know why, I just am.

    • KCMikeG

      My son & I met him in camp last year and we both think he has potential. Hopefully with an accurate QB we will be able to see the true value of these young guys before we let them go to another team to succeed.

  • Jim Butler

    I have to agree with pretty much all you say although I am far from an expert, I would like to add one thing though. Your comment about Travis Kelce, “I think he gets the start only because of his pass catching ability”. I do agree that he is a very good receiver, but the film I saw on him shows he is a devastating, relentless blocker that gives his assignment little chance to prevail. I am really looking forward to seeing him in action as well as all rest of the team. GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  • IceChief27

    I can’t see them keeping more than 26 offensive guys maybe 25. I’m really hoping that a young reciever steps up and takes Copper’s spot, surely we can find someone else to be the upback on kickoffs. I also don’t think that they will keep four running backs and two fullbacks. I think Jordan Roberts or Braden Wilson/ Toben Opurum will be on the practice squad, maybe both, and Moeaki will be cut or placed on IR