The Kansas City Chiefs shed many years of experience recently. Players such as quarterback Alex Smith, linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, defensive backs Marcus Peters, Ron Parker and Terrance Mitchell, wide receiver Albert Wilson and offensive lineman Zach Fulton have been either traded, released or departed as free agents.
The Chiefs have added some players as well, with free-agent signings of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Anthony Hitchens, defensive lineman Xavier Williams, cornerback David Amerson and quarterback Chad Henne. They traded for another corner, Kendall Fuller.
The result is a roster drastically different from last season's, this with the later stages of free agency and the draft still to go. Here’s where the Chiefs stand at each position group:
Running back (6): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West, Akeem Hunt, George Atkinson III, Anthony Sherman. In Hunt, Ware, West and Sherman, the Chiefs would seem to have their top three featured backs and fullback. But they’ve been looking at backs recently, so they might have something else in mind.
Wide receiver (10): Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Chris Conley, De'Anthony Thomas, Jehu Chesson, Marcus Kemp, Gehrig Dieter, Daniel Braverman, Brandon Shippen. Here’s another position group in which the Chiefs appear set at after the big free-agent signing of Watkins. But they’ll add more players for training camp.
Tight end (5): Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, Orson Charles, Jace Amaro, Anthony Firkser. The Chiefs don’t have much of a receiving threat here other than Kelce, but because he plays so much, they might not view that as essential. Amaro is an interesting prospect. He is a former second-round draft pick who caught 38 passes for the Jets in 2014.
Offensive line (11): Eric Fisher, Parker Ehinger, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mitchell Schwartz, Cameron Erving, Bryan Witzmann, Jordan Devey, Kaleb Johnson, Andrew Wylie, Dillon Gordon. Eight of the nine linemen who played in a game for the Chiefs last season are back, so the only need here are players to fill out the camp roster and developmental prospects.
Defensive line (10): Allen Bailey, Chris Jones, Xavier Williams, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jarvis Jenkins, Justin Hamilton, Stefan Charles, T.Y. McGill, Josh Augusta, Mike Purcell. After signing Williams on Tuesday, the Chiefs have a nose tackle and could line up and play a game now with what they have here.
Linebacker (10): Justin Houston, Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland, Dee Ford, Frank Zombo, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Dadi Nicolas, Ukeme Eligwe, Terrance Smith, Tyrone Holmes. Some depth at both the inside positions and outside wouldn’t hurt. But after signing Hitchens in free agency, the Chiefs have their starters.
Defensive back (15): Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson, David Amerson, Keith Reaser, Will Redmond, Ashton Lampkin, Makinton Dorleant, Prince Charles Iworah, Sheldon Price, Eric Berry, Eric Murray, Daniel Sorensen, Leon McQuay, Devin Chappell, Jordan Sterns. The first nine players here are cornerbacks, so the Chiefs have a lot to sort through. But after Fuller, Nelson and Amerson, do they have anyone who can help? They are thin at safety beyond Berry.