Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Jerick McKinnon, Michael Burton (FB)
The Chiefs are going a bit thinner than some fans might have predicted earlier in the preseason at this position. Thats’ due to the release of both Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore, the latter of whom enjoyed a breakout final preseason game, as well as injury issues that plagued both Edwards-Helaire and Williams.
The choice to go with only three backs means that the team feels good about the readiness of everyone involved. It also speaks volumes about their belief in Jerick McKinnon to be a key contributor in the mix out of the backfield, a solid finding for such a low-risk, one year contract. Of course, Burton is the new Sherman and fans will like the way he plays on Sundays.
Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, Daurice Fountain
Tyreek sits high atop the depth chart for the Chiefs at a wide receiver position that is waiting for someone—anyone—to really separate themselves from the rest and demand more targets. This year, the Chiefs are committed to giving Mecole Hardman every chance to be that guy since they’ve to acquire someone else despite flirting with options in free agency.
As for the rest, the Chiefs are giving a few players some key chances. Robinson has a chance to prove his doubters wrong and earn a potentially bigger payday next spring. Pringle has a chance to break out with more touches. Fountain just wanted any chance at all and got it.