Chiefs roster: Names we could see from the waiver wire

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Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (79) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We will combine Donald Stephenson and Paul Fanaika into one spot to quickly look at. The recovery of Eric Fisher and Jeff Allen at the tackle spot could go a long ways in deciding who will and who won’t make the roster. However, based on reports, would guess both guys should be ready to go for Week 1.

It’s becoming apparent the Chiefs prefer a tackle combo of Fisher and Allen, which could spell problems for Stephenson if the Chiefs decide to keep promising youngster Jarrod Pughsley. Fanaika has shown to have serious limitations and issues sliding out to tackle, meaning he’s a guard only. Assuming rookie Mitch Morse wins the center spot, as it appears, that would push Eric Kush to a backup spot, along with second-year guard Zach Fulton.

With the knowledge that Ben Grubbs is the left guard, and that Andy Reid wants lineman with versatility, Fanaika appears to be an odd fit. Both Fulton and Kush can provide depth along the three interior spots, and again, are much cheaper then Fanaika. Keeping Stephenson would make more sense, as Allen can move inside to play guard in a pinch, and Stephenson can play both tackle spots. Versatility helps players who are not starting.

The last name we’ll discuss, and this is the least likely by this columnist’s estimation to be let go, would be running back Knile Davis. Again, this is unlikely,but not out of the question. Davis’s greatest attribute is the fact he’s a solid kick returner. The concerns over Davis’s fumbling and catching are well documented, as he’s shown to have issues holding on the ball in both practices and games.  He’s also shown that, as a pure running back,

there are limitations to his potential. His career 3.5 yards per carry for his career spell that out. Charcandrick West has looked very good thus far in limited contact opportunities, and through limited viewing opportunities, appears to be a better fit as a running back in the offense. Could the front office go with De’Anthony Thomas as the primary punt and kickoff return man, and go with West as the backup.

Lets see what shakes out as we finish out this preseason.

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