By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - There might as well be a sign propped up on the road outside Arrowhead Stadium that reads ''Casting Call,'' considering the number of jobs that are up for grabs.
There's the spot at free safety that opened up when Kendrick Lewis hit free agency. There are the spots along the offensive line that cleared when Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah all signed elsewhere on the same day. And the spot on the defensive line that opened up when Tyson Jackson, a former third overall draft pick, chased the free-agent buck to Atlanta.
Sure, there are favorites to win those jobs, but right now none of them appears to be set in stone, which has made for some spirited competition during voluntary offseason workouts.
''Oh yeah, every snap they get,'' coach Andy Reid said. ''(General manager) John Dorsey has done a great job of bringing personnel that generate competition. Good personnel. There are some spots. Really, everybody should feel that, every spot should feel that.''
Some more than others, though.
He's getting pushed by a host of talented, largely unproven players.
''We have several guys that are working in there,'' defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. ''We're trying to develop competition. Compete against yourself, compete against the other guys and nobody should be satisfied with whatever level of position you're perceived to be at.''
That adage could apply just the same to the offensive and defensive lines.
Albert had held down the left tackle position the past six seasons, playing last year on the franchise tag. But he became too expensive for the Chiefs and wound up signing a $47 million, five-year deal with Miami, creating an opening on quarterback
The Chiefs believe they have the solution to that problem in house after drafting
Stephenson has proven to be a dependable backup the past two seasons.
The bigger concern is at offensive guard opposite
''A bunch of guys are competing to show us what they can do,'' offensive line coach Andy Heck said. ''We've got a great group of guys here working their tails off.''
Things are a little more settled on the defensive line, where the departure of Jackson was somewhat assuaged by the signing of veteran
Then there's the tight end position, where the question is not whether anybody will step into the void but who will be left out when it comes time to trim the roster.
Kelce missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury that has continued to keep him out of offseason workouts. Harris is still raw, considering he played basketball rather than football in college. And while Gordon is the most experienced, he also may have the lowest ceiling.
''We're excited as a staff to really see Kelce getting back out there at some point,'' offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. ''The emergence of Demetrius Harris, he's a tremendous talent. He mixes in there with those guys. They're having a good offseason.''