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Chiefs Roster Predictions: Who Will Make Kansas City's 53-Man Roster?

We are so close to Chiefs regular season football I can already hear the roar of the crowd at Arrowhead all the way from New York. Before the season starts the Chiefs need to let go of a few players. There’s no doubt in my mind every team hates doing this because of the bond you form with the players during training camp. Unfortunately, there is no way around it. There are guys that need to be let go in order to get to that magical number of 53 by the time the Chiefs head to Jacksonville. Adam Teicher, the former Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer, has made his roster predictions. This time, however, he is making them as the official ESPN Kansas City Chiefs blogger. Here are my roster predictions, except in this Arrowhead Addict edition, it’s a position battle analysis at wide receiver and running back.


Roster Spot Battle #1: Cyrus Gray vs. Shaun Draughn

This is a really tough one. Teicher has Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Anthony Sherman and Shaun Draughn making the team. He then commented, “The real mystery is whether the Chiefs keep Shaun Draughn or Cyrus Gray as the third halfback. Draughn has been more productive than Gray.” The only reason Draughn has been more productive than Gray is because of playing time. I have watched Draughn play and I, personally, am not impressed. He wasn’t very good on kickoff returns last year averaging only 23.3 yards per return with a long of 41 yards. He also only averaged 3.9 yards on 233 carries and 6.6 yards per reception on 158 catches. Gray on the other hand only carried the ball seven times for 44 yards, but that averaged out to 6.3 yards per carry. He also had a higher yards per reception rate averaging 9 yards per reception on only two catches. If Cyrus Gray had been the number two running back behind Jamaal Charles in 2012, I believe he would have been much more productive. My take is that Cyrus Gray has a higher upside and therefore will be kept on the team.


Roster Spot Winner: Cyrus Gray



Roster Spot(s) Battle #2: Devon Wylie vs. Rico Richardson vs. Junior Hemingway

With four spots sewn up by Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, and A.J. Jenkins, this three way battle is a battle for two spots with one person not making the 53-Man roster. A.J. Jenkins makes this team because he is owed $1.8 million dollars, a number the Chiefs took on because he was traded for 2011 first round pick Jon Baldwin. I wrote an article earlier this month about what I think about Devon Wylie and if he has a place on this team (Check that out here). I really like what I saw from Junior Hemingway against the Steelers and Rico Richardson also had a nice touchdown reception in that game as well. I just don’t see a place for a backup punt returner who will not contribute on this offense. Richardson and Hemingway have both found the endzone this preseason while Wylie has not. I think they possess the size and ability to contribute to this team. I do not think Wylie has the size. He has shown some decent flashes of ability on punt return such as his returns against San Francisco and Pittsburgh, but you need to be able to do more than that to get a roster spot on this team.


Roster Spot Winners: Rico Richardson and Junior Hemingway

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  • Carlos Nevarez

    I don’t think AJ Jenkins is a lock to make this team. The fact that they were willing to trade Baldwin means, to me, that they’d be willing to drop him if they couldn’t trade him.

  • Norman Gunn

    I don’t think McCluster makes the team. Every new regime they one cut surprises everyone. McCuster will be that surprise..

    • Michael Shaw

      I doubt that. I think Richardson ends up on the practice squad and Junior and Devon surprise a few people by the end of the season.

    • Austin Wagner

      Simply not plausible good sir

    • Jason Mickey

      Not gonna happen!
      Don’t fault Dec for the ineptness of the prvoous regime(he can still be a RB and return man mind you!) Hemmingway could be a hidden gem with Denard Robinson hogging all the production in college. Wylie wood be a great practice squad player to mirror the likes of people like Wes Welker. Rico…just want a guy named Rico on the team. Training camp wond

    • Dfrey87

      Really? You think they would cut DMC? Reid has been raving over him all off season, he has designed plays for him. He has a huge role in Reid’s system here in KC. Yea I’m sorry man I along with probably everyone disagree here. There is not a snow balls chane in hell he will be cut. Way to much talent there.

    • Rich Cooper

      Not too pile on, but DMC is a weapon on this team. He has often been misused by poor offensive minds and saddled with QBs that were less than adequate at best. Now with good offensive coaching and a good QB he should be cut?
      Not gonna happen. I for one would be extremely pissed if that happened. I’m sure I’d have alot of company also. DMC just needs to be used properly to fulfill the vast potential almost all Chiefs fans can easily see! ” SET DMC FREE!!!!!

  • tm1946

    Article is a good read. I agreed with getting rid of Baldwin but cannot figure how Jenkins gets up to speed with the team UNLESS he shows up big Thursday nite. Can the Chiefs eat 1.8 mil and cut him, could but doubt it. As for Wylie, seems similar guy as McCluster, do not care for McCluster, no one would confuse him with D. Sprole, gets knocked down by a wind, but everyone else loves McC. Lastly Rico and Jr seem the same player, need both, probably not.

  • KCMikeG

    Agree 100% and I had high hopes for Wylie but he just can’t seem to break free or make that big catch. Hemingway is really coming on and is a lock to make the team. Rico is just as fast as Devon and 4″ taller. Bye bye Devon.

  • chief4ever

    Another Pioli “Draft Fart” – Wylie when Dexter already here….Why ? and why should Dempsey keep Wylie- he won’t… Go Chiefs !

    • Rich Cooper

      Totally agree! Wylie seems unnecessary to carry on this roster. Didn’t show much in a year plus.

  • Jim Harper

    Still confused about your bio as to how these New Yorkers became Chiefs fans to begin with. Not doubting you, but think there must be more to this story. I think you hit the nail on the head with the wide receivers and even though both Rico & Hemmingway only had 1 TD each, both receptions were high pressure and that is an area that Wylie has always been sorely lacking. I do, however, disagree with your assessment at running back. Draughn has had significantly more touches and that alone is usually an indicator that he is favored by the coaches. Gray’s yards per carry are much better but the sample size is far too small to mean anything. Playing time is a much better indicator of what the coaches are thinking in terms of who stays and who goes.