Ihmir Smith-Marsette is making late push for KC Chiefs active roster

Aug 19, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (82) catches
Aug 19, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (82) catches / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY

The Kansas City Chiefs may not have a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver, but they do have a plethora of talented receivers that can do a little bit of everything and the depth is noticeable. Rashee Rice, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scanting. The list goes on.

That type of depth and potential makes for an interesting training camp experience with serious preseason roster battles. It means that there are some other talented receivers who may be on the outside looking in, players fighting for one of the last receiver spots.

One receiver that falls under that category is Ihmir Smith-Marsette. Smith-Marsette first latched onto the Chiefs practice squad around the beginning of last season following his release from the Chicago Bears. Since then, Smith-Marsette has put in work on the practice squad before getting a chance to crack the main roster this training camp and preseason.

Ihmir Smith-Marsette looked like a star against Arizona and the talent is very evident.

To preface, Smith-Marsette isn't someone you will see making anybody's final roster projections—at least not right now. His chances aren't dead yet as there are still more practices and one more preseason game to be played. That said, Smith-Marsette is doing everything he can to make the team.

Smith-Marsette was Kansas City's second-leading receiver against the Arizona Cardinals in preseason week two with 4 catches for 92 yards. He put his ability on full display and showed off his athleticism by somersaulting into the end zone in Kansas City's 38-10 victory.

Chiefs'While many people never really gave thought to the idea that Smith-Marsette could crack the roster or the Chiefs receiver rotation, he is making it really hard on the front office and the team down the stretch, who will have to make some difficult decisions at receiver.

Smith-Marsette looked like a star against Arizona and the talent is very evident. Smith-Marsette could play real snaps at the NFL level in the right situation and if given the opportunity. Unfortunately for him, though, Smith-Marsette might be a victim of the numbers game.

The issue is that the Chiefs just have too many receivers and not enough spots for them all. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, Rashee Rice, and probably Richie James are all locks to make the team. Then there's Justyn Ross who would probably get a spot before Smith-Marsette and Justin Watson who seems like a shoo-in. That's seven receivers right there and Andy Reid already has never kept more than six receivers.

It's hard to see any way that Smith-Marsette would make his way into that group, but he sure is going to make it interesting as preseason comes to a close and he's not going down without a fight. It's absolutely nothing against Marsette and just speaks to how much talent the Chiefs have at the receiver position.

The positive thing for Smith-Marsette is that regardless if he makes the team or not he will almost certainly have a place on the Chiefs practice squad if he wants to be on it but that's assuming that he doesn't have any other suitors. Smith-Marsette has shown more than enough to be picked up by another team if he does not make Kansas City's roster. If he succeeds elsewhere, Kansas City's coaching staff will surely have their fingerprints on Smith-Marsette's development.