The NFL roster limit right now is 90 players, but that only counts the players under contract. After the moves since the draft and the undrafted free agent signings the Chiefs have announced they have 79 men under contract. That does not include the team’s six unsigned draft choices.
Here’s a look at the roster as it stood on Monday night. Players in italic are those that were part of the team at some point in the 2013 season. This year’s half-dozen draft choices are included in the count. Only the six undrafted free agents announced by the Chiefs have been included:
Tyler Bray, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Alex Smith
This will be all about the No. 3 spot as Bray and Murray compete against each other. It would not be a shock if come September all four quarterbacks remain on the 53-man roster.
Running backs (8)
Jordan Campbell (FB), Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight, Anthony Sherman (FB), De’Anthony Thomas, Charcandrick West.
Without injury Charles, Davis, Thomas and Sherman are locks for the 53-man roster. The wildcard will be McKnight; he’s a four-year veteran and has plenty of special teams abilities, including kickoff returns where in three years with the Jets, he averaged 29 yards a return and two touchdowns.
Wide receivers (11)
Donnie Avery, Dwayne Bowe, Weston Dressler, Frank Hammond, Junior Hemingway, Jerrell Jackson, A.J. Jenkins, Darryl Surgent, Fred Williams, Kyle Williams, Albert Wilson.
A guy that stands 5-7 and is coming out of the Canadian Football League (Dressler) is the most impressive addition of the off-season at the position. No wonder Dorsey and Reid are getting dinged from not bringing in more talent to raise the competition level at receiver.
Tight ends (5)
Anthony Fasano, Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris, Travis Kelce, Sean McGrath.
No additions at this spot, putting a lot of pressure on growth from Harris and Kelce to become factors as receivers in the Chiefs offense.
Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush.
There are others that could step in and play the spot if needed, but Hudson and Kush are the only centers. No increase in the competition level at this spot so far in the off-season.
Jeff Allen, Zach Fulton, Ricky Henry, Otis Hudson, Rishaw Johnson.
Allen was the weakest link in the offensive line chain last year and the two guys that started opposite him are gone. Fulton will have a real chance to get playing time at right guard if he can make a quick transition to the pro game.
R.J. Dill, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Eric Fisher.
No proven additions here; even with Donald Stephenson more likely to play tackle than guard, where’s the improved competition?
Chandler Burden, Colin Kelly, Jeff Linkenbach, Donald Stephenson, Rokevious Watkins.
Linkenbach will have a chance at right guard, same with Watkins. If Linkenbach (RG) and Stephenson (RT) are in the starting lineup, there’s a very small number of games and starts on the bench at this time.
Defensive tackles (5)
Risean Broussard, Cory Grissom, Dominique Hamilton, Jaye Howard, Dontari Poe.
After Poe, there’s very little experience or production among the other four players; only Howard got on the field last season, in four games as a backup for the Chiefs.
Defensive ends (5)
Chas Alecxih, Allen Bailey, Mike Catapano, Mike DeVito, Vance Walker.
There has not been a lot of competition added at defensive end beyond the signing of free agent t who basically replaces the departed Tyson Jackson. The Chiefs will need an elevated performance from Bailey and/or Catapano.
Outside linebackers (7)
Dee Ford, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Ben Johnson, Josh Martin, Ridge Wilson, Frank Zombo.
As solid a position as there is on the Chiefs roster going into OTAs and mini-camps. Ford will get on the field this year, maybe at times with both Hali and Houston to create a triple-headed pass rushing monster.
Inside linebackers (6)
Alonzo Highsmith, Derrick Johnson, James-Michael Johnson, Nico Johnson, Joe Mays, Dezman Moses.
There doesn’t appear to be any additions or holdovers that are going to challenge Derrick Johnson at the right/weak inside linebacker spot. Mays is a nice addition to the lineup to open the season at the left/strong inside spot.
Marcus Cooper, Brandon Flowers, Phillip Gaines, Vernon Kearney, Chris Owens, Ron Parker, Kevin Rutland, Sean Smith, David Van Dyke, DeMarcus Van Dyke.
If there’s a position on the 2014 teams where the competition figures to be the hottest it will be for the five or six cornerback spots on the 53-man roster. Six of those 10 corners have played in the NFL before and five of the 10 have started games. The Chiefs need somebody to step forward on the corner and challenge the first three at the position: Cooper, Flowers and Smith.
Husain Abdullah, Eric Berry, Malcolm Bronson, Sanders Commings, Jerron McMillian, Daniel Sorenson.
The free safety spot opposite Berry is open and Abdullah and Commings figure to get the first shots at joining the starting lineup. Abdullah had a very nice performance last season and has the necessary speed to play centerfield in the Chiefs secondary.
Special teams (3)
Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Gafford, Ryan Succop.
Expect a punter, kicker and/or snapper to be added to the active roster in the next few weeks and likely before training camp begins.