Kansas City Chiefs: Early position impressions from training camp
The Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
* I said in my training camp battles post that I thought there was a clear hierarchy in the wide receivers. After watching camp for a few days I think I was two thirds right about that. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are the clear top two wideouts. They look great. Period. Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson are the clear next two up after Hill and Watkins. They both looked like legit weapons that Mahomes will utilize this season. I said in my earlier post that the final two spots were DeAnthony Thomas and Jehu Chesson’s to lose. That is where I could be wrong.
* Chesson had a really good day on Saturday with a couple of nice grabs but DeAnthony Thomas was relatively quiet both days. While those two are still my top picks to make the roster I think there may be more competition there than I suspected. I’m not quite ready to write off guys like Marcus Kemp, Byron Pringle, Jordan Smallwood, Gehrig Dieter, and Blake Mack. If you’re looking for guys to watch when the second and third string guys are in during the preseason the final two wide receiver spots may be worth keeping an eye on.
As far as the tight ends go…..
* Travis Kelce is awesome.
* Demetrius Harris is making the team as the number two tight end. Sigh…
* The third tight end spot (which will be the number two in week one when Harris is serving his suspension) is WIDE OPEN. Unfortunately, the third spot isn’t wide open because so many guys are playing great but because none of them have really stood out thus far. I kept a close eye on this group both days hoping to see someone that excited me, but that wasn’t the case. Jace Amaro and Alex Ellis were probably the best of the rest and the top bets to make the team for week one. Tim Wright didn’t look very good when I was at practice and Blake Mack appears to officially be a wide receiver in KC. I really wish KC had invested in a better option to challenge Harris this offseason and if a quality tight end becomes available when roster cuts happen it certainly wouldn’t hurt KC to look into adding someone.
Let’s wrap up the offensive positions with the offensive line.