Which players were the biggest offseason losers for the Kansas City Chiefs?
With the Kansas City Chiefs bringing in a good haul in the 2020 NFL Draft as well as some impressive undrafted free agents and other offseason signings, some players who were sitting pretty on the roster may not have as much opportunity to see the field this season. In fact, their roster spots may even be in jeopardy.
We recently highlighted the biggest winners of the Chiefs offseason now that the dust has largely settled on roster activity. It’s now time to survey the offseason’s biggest losers given the new roster additions.
Poor Breeland Speaks. I feel bad for him because he is under a ton of pressure as Brett Veach’s first ever draft pick—someone he traded up to get. While it is unfair to label him as a bust just yet based on injuries and playing completely out of position in Bob Sutton’s defense, his tenure as a member of the Chiefs has not started off promising. As someone who offered tantalizing upside at one point, the drafting of Michael Danna as well as the pickup of Taco Charlton does not bode well for the second-round draft pick.
The emergence of Tanoh Kpassagnon as well as having Frank Clark and Alex Okafor make the defensive end position very crowded. Don’t forget, Demone Harris was thrust into some action last year and held his own and he is still currently on the roster as well. As much as I want Speaks to be successful, he is looking like the odd man out. The fact he is still on his rookie contract is in his favor and if the Chiefs can find a trade partner for Okafor to help shed some cap space, it could be Breeland’s opening. As it stands now, I think he is on the outside looking in.
The fact that he could potentially swing inside on the defensive line may help his cause but we saw TK effective in that role. With Chris Jones, Mike Pennel, Khalen Saunders, and Derrick Nnadi, there just isn’t enough value for Breeland’s positional versatility to make a huge difference. Going into the 2020 NFL draft I thought Speaks was for sure making the roster. Now after the Charlton signing, to me the writing is on the wall, he is losing out on this stacked D-Line.