With free agency and the draft completed and OTAs and minicamps scheduled for the next month and a half, here’s a closer look at the depth chart for the Kansas City Chiefs (starters in bold):
There’s much new here. Mahomes is heading into his first season as the starter while Henne and McGloin are beginning their first seasons with the Chiefs.
Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rushing last season as a rookie and the Chiefs have plenty of experienced depth behind him.
Wide receiver (11): Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson, Jehu Chesson, De’Anthony Thomas, Marcus Kemp, Gehrig Dieter, Daniel Braverman, Brandon Shippen, Nelson Spruce, Byron Pringle, Elijah Marks
Hill and Watkins are plenty fast and provide Mahomes some inviting targets. Conley is a former starter and Robinson and Thomas have significant experience.
The offense collapsed in the second half of the playoff game against the Titans last season after Kelce departed with an injury. The Chiefs have no receiving threat here without him, though Amaro and Wright have potential.
Fisher and Schwartz stayed injury-free last season. Erving is the only reserve with significant experience.
Ehinger and Witzmann are former starters competing for the starting spot vacated when Zach Fulton left as a free agent.
Morse missed much of last season with a foot injury but is on pace to return in time for the start of training camp.
Five of the top six cornerbacks from last season are gone, with only Nelson returning. So the competition for roster spots beyond Fuller, Nelson and Amerson will be interesting.
Berry returns after missing most of last season with an injury. Sorensen and Murray played a lot in his absence, but neither nailed down the position, so there could be an opening for Golden or Watts, a fourth-round draft pick.
Linebacker (13): Justin Houston, Dee Ford, Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland, Breeland Speaks, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Frank Zombo, Tyrone Holmes, Ukeme Eligwe, Terrance Smith, Dorian O'Daniel, Ben Niemann, Raymond Davison
Williams is a free-agent addition at nose tackle to replace the departed Bennie Logan. Nnadi, a third-round draft pick, could eventually nudge Williams from the starting spot.
Punter (1): Dustin Colquitt
The Chiefs re-signed their longtime punter, who shows no signs of decline.
Kicker (1): Harrison Butker
Butker was very good after the Chiefs pulled him off the Panthers' practice squad early in the season.
Long-snapper (1): James Winchester
The Chiefs haven’t imported competition for Winchester in some time, a sign of his reliability.
Kick returner (1): De'Anthony Thomas
Thomas will be first in line for the job if he makes the regular-season roster.
Punt returner (1): Tyreek Hill
Hill is one of the best in the business.