We’ve yet to see the complete cast list, but that doesn’t mean competition won’t exist once the NFL Lockout ends.
Free agent additions and undrafted rookies will be added to the mix alongside members of the 2010 Chiefs re-inking contracts for 2011. There will also be those who seek new a home. Others won’t have a choice.
When football returns, the transactions will be fast and furious. An entire off-season of work truncated into an action-packed few weeks of activity.
Roster battles will ensue. Some of which we can predict; others of which we have no clue.
At the moment, these are some of the positions worth watching as Kansas City’s roster heads toward a post-lockout NFL.
1. Slot Receiver
How do the Chiefs plan to use
Regardless of McCluster’s ratio of snaps in the backfield vs. those at wide receiver, there’s plenty of room to add another body for competition. Expect an addition to be made in free agency or undrafted free agency – or both.
The Chiefs had hoped
Big-bodied first-round pick
Kansas City’s roster should see plenty of jockeying for position across the wide receiver ranks as a whole, but predicting a rotation at slot is currently one of the biggest mysteries on the roster.
2. Right Tackle
I’m a fan of
- A third-year player the team needed to turn a corner
- Cut in 2009, but fought his way back onto the roster
- A player who seized an opportunity when it was given
- A competitor and fighter whose off-season and in-season progress was measurable
Richardson was rewarded for his 2010 effort with a jolt of confidence after the Chiefs passed on adding a tackle in this year’s draft. With that said, don’t expect Richardson to enter training camp free of competition. That just isn’t how the Chiefs operate.
It would be an absolute shocker if a veteran tackle (or two) doesn’t join the Chiefs offensive line once the lockout lifts. In addition to Richardson,
3. Outside Linebacker
One side is set. The other is anything but.
The first decision comes with
Houston spent his senior season in a near-identical system to Kansas City’s. In addition, Georgia operated under much of the same terminology as defensive coordinator Todd Grantham once worked for Romeo Crennel in Cleveland.
Aside from the starting position opposite Hali, the fight for the final roster slot in the position group is one worth watching as well.
4. Nose Tackle
The Chiefs will add a veteran in the middle. Whether that body is acquired outside the organization or by re-signing 2010 starter
Another option would be to shift
Where does fan-favorite
The numbers game has a potential to be tough and the club’s strategy at nose tackle could possibly be a determining factor in the decision to re-sign “Deep Freeze.” Of course, Smith originally opened training camp as a nose tackle last season.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding seventh-round draft pick
The competition at fullback should be an exciting race to watch and the ability to play on special teams will definitely play a factor. Last year’s training camp battle between
Fullback is always an interesting position. Some teams keep two. Some keep one. Some keep none.
6. Backups at QB, S and CB
Reserve positions always determine the final makeup of a 53 man roster and there will be plenty of competition for backup posts across the entire roster. But situations at quarterback, safety and cornerback are the most noteworthy.
Starters are in place at all five positions, but their backups either involve impending free agents or a cast of young players looking to make an impact. Free agent decisions regarding