Examining the Kansas City Chiefs' roster:
The Chiefs could go a lot of different directions here. The only certainty is a healthy Smith will start. Daniel, the veteran backup, could be traded if the Chiefs determine that either Bray or their other developmental prospect, Aaron Murray, is ready to be the No. 2. That’s unlikely, so the Chiefs need to determine what to do with Murray. They didn’t draft him to release him, so he could go on the injured reserve list. The Chiefs could also keep four quarterbacks.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
There’s room for another player here if the Chiefs believe they need to keep two running backs in addition to Charles and Sherman, the fullback. They needed three in last season’s playoff game in Indianapolis. Thomas is listed as a back and might get some work as one, but he’s too small to be an every-down player if that’s what the Chiefs require. So Cyrus Gray, a useful special-teams player, or Joe McKnight could also stick.
WIDE RECEIVER (5)
Other receivers will have ample opportunity to make the team, because the Chiefs have a need. But they won’t keep another receiver without that player earning the spot.
TIGHT END (3)
Kelce’s troublesome knee could impact the roster decisions here. If his knee remains balky, the Chiefs could keep Sean McGrath.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
The Chiefs will, pardon the pun, go heavy here. Andy Reid likes to stash some developmental linemen.
DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
There’s no need to keep more, not with Poe playing so many snaps and the Chiefs occasionally using only two linemen, and sometimes one.
This assumes that Houston returns to the Chiefs in time for the start of the regular season. If not, the Chiefs will need another body.
A position of importance is an area of concern. Only Smith, a starter, and Owens, a nickelback, are proven.
Abdullah has more experience at free safety, but the Chiefs might be better served by going with the bigger Commings as their starter.
Cairo Santos has an impressive leg, but it’s difficult seeing the Chiefs going with a rookie kicker instead of the veteran Succop.