Chiefs 53-man roster: The final prediction


The Kansas City Chiefs have to be down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, less than 48 hours after they finish up their preseason slate against the St. Louis Rams. While Kansas City is trying to go for an undefeated record in the exhibition campaign, the focus this week will be on the final roster moves.

With the roster currently sitting at 75 players, I’m going to take one final stab at the final 53-man roster.

Quarterbacks (3)

Alex Smith
Chase Daniel
Aaron Murray

Running backs (3)

Jamaal Charles
Knile Davis
Charcandrick West

Fullback (1)

Anthony Sherman

Wide receivers (6)

Jeremy Maclin
Albert Wilson
Chris Conley
Jason Avant
De’Anthony Thomas
Frankie Hammond Jr.

Tight ends (3)

Travis Kelce
James O’Shaughnessy
Ryan Taylor

Tackles (3)

Eric Fisher
Donald Stephenson
Paul Fanaika

Guards (4)

Ben Grubbs
Jeff Allen
Zach Fulton
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Centers (2)

Mitch Morse
Eric Kush

Defensive ends (4)

Mike DeVito
Allen Bailey
Mike Catapano
Hebron Fangupo

Nose tackles (2)

Dontari Poe
Jaye Howard

Inside linebackers (4)

Derrick Johnson
Josh MaugaRamik Wilson
D.J. Alexander

Outside linebackers (5)

Tamba Hali
Justin Houston
Dee Ford
Dezman Moses
Frank Zombo

Cornerbacks (5)

Marcus Peters
Phillip Gaines
Jamell Fleming
Steven Nelson
Marcus Cooper
(Sean Smith will be suspended and not on active roster)**

Safeties (5)

Eric Berry
Ron Parker
Husain Abdullah
Tyvon Branch
Kelcie McCray

Punter (1)

Dustin Colquitt

Kicker (1)

Cairo Santos

Long snapper (1)

James Winchester


I think this is one of the deepest rosters in the league. There is not one position group without talent, which in the salary cap era, really is saying something.

Personally, I would keep Nick Williams over Hammond, but the Chiefs love the guy for some reason. I believe Fangupo makes the roster at the expense of rookie Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who goes to the practice squad. At linebacker, James-Michael Johnson and Josh Martin get the pink slip. I like Martin’s upside more than Zombo, but the coaching staff really trusts the veteran. I can’t see Zombo being cut because of his value on special teams, and his versatility.

What do you think, Addicts? Where did I go wrong?