Five Chiefs who have gone missing in the preseason

This was not the right time to fade from view for these NFL hopefuls.

Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3) plays against...
Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3) plays against... / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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It can be hard to stand out from the crowd when there are actually too many people involved. NFL rosters are 90-players strong these days, at least for another week, and that makes it difficult for some players to make their presence felt when tasked with doing so in such limited reps. Then again, that doesn't stop some players from breaking through anyway.

For developmental players on the Kansas City Chiefs roster, the challenges are even greater because of the quality of depth at nearly every position on the roster. For those who are fighting for a handful of roster spots, this is no time to slink bafck. However it might be too late for some Chiefs players who have been mostly missing in action. anderssbfnhb

Ty Fryfogle

Coming into the pros, there was much to like about Ty Fryfogle—even as an undrafted free agent. The wide receiver prospect out of Indiana had a knack for showing off strong against some of the Hoosiers' toughest opponents and he did so by coming down with one contested catch after another.

A speedy yet physical target with a pro build, Fryfogle seemed to regress a bit a year ago. Given other questions about his quickness and lack of special teams experience, Fryfogle was available to a team like the Chiefs following the draft. At this point, however, it's not as if Chiefs Kingdom has really seen Fryfogle elevate the conversation about him in training camp.

Even with injury concerns for guys like Kadarius Toney and the loss of vets like Mecole Hardman and JuJu Smith-Schuster, it's clear that Fryfogle has been passed over several times by other young developmental players. Justyn Ross has a clear shot at a spot on the active roster and Ihmir Smith-Marsette deserves one. Cornell Powell has done nearly everything asked, while Nikko Remigio demanded to be seen before he dislocated his shoulder.

What might work out best here is for Fryfogle to hope that the Chiefs will take a chance on him to develop on the practice squad and come back next summer with a deep knowledge of the playbook and relationships with the coaches. It makes this year a mulligan but that's about as good as it's going to get for Fryfogle.