Chiefs roster breakdown

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Chiefs roster breakdown

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QUARTERBACKS (4)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
4 Brodie Croyle 6-2 206 23 Alabama
7 Casey Printers 6-2 222 25 Florida A&M
10 Trent Green* 6-3 217 36 Indiana
11 Damon Huard 6-3 218 33 Washington

Green showed no signs of slowing down last season. He had better not only play well again, but stay healthy. The backup, Huard, is a journeyman. Croyle and Printers are a year away, at least.

RUNNING BACKS (10)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
22 Dee Brown 5-10 210 28 Syracuse
27 Larry Johnson* 6-1 230 26 Penn State
30 McKenzi Smith 5-8 196 24 Washington State
31 Priest Holmes 5-9 213 32 Texas
34 Quentin Griffin 5-7 195 25 Oklahoma
39 Derrick Ross 5-10 226 22 Tarleton State
40 De Arrius Howard 5-11 229 23 Arkansas
42 Ronnie Cruz* 6-0 237 25 Northern State
43 J.R. Niklos 6-2 229 27 Western Illinois
46 Jake Slaughter 6-1 242 23 Auburn

Johnson is now the man, but all eyes are on Holmes. His neck condition threatens his season and career, and the Chiefs have no other proven backup for Johnson. Cruz has ability, but the Chiefs will miss the many contributions of departed veteran Tony Richardson.

WIDE RECEIVERS (13)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
6 Nate Curry 5-10 196 24 Georgia Tech
8 Jermaine Jamison 6-2 201 23 Fresno State
9 Darrell Hill 6-2 187 27 Northern Illinois
12 Craphonso Thorpe 6-0 187 23 Florida State
14 Jeris McIntyre 6-0 203 25 Auburn
15 Terrance Metcalf 6-3 207 26 South Carolina State
17 Scott McCready 6-0 200 29 South Florida
18 Samie Parker* 5-11 190 25 Oregon
80 Jeff Webb 6-2 211 24 San Diego State
81 Chris Hannon 6-3 205 22 Tennessee
82 Dante Hall 5-8 187 27 Texas A&M
85 Kyle Brown 6-0 200 22 Michigan State
87 Eddie Kennison* 6-1 201 33 Louisiana State

Kennison is coming off two good seasons but is at the age when many players at his position decline. Parker has made some plays for the Chiefs the last two seasons, but the Chiefs want him to be more consistent. Proven depth is lacking.

TIGHT ENDS (5)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
45 Aaron Golliday 6-3 282 26 Nebraska
47 Robert Docherty 6-5 274 22 Wisconsin-Oshkosh
84 Kris Wilson 6-2 251 24 Pittsburgh
88 Tony Gonzalez* 6-5 251 30 California
89 Jason Dunn 6-6 274 32 Eastern Kentucky

The Chiefs need more touchdowns from Gonzalez. He had only two last season. Dunn, a premier blocker, figures to get a heavier workload as the Chiefs adjust to life without fullback Tony Richardson.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (18)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
54 Brian Waters* 6-3 318 29 North Texas
57 Tyler Lenda 6-3 293 26 Penn State
60 Steve Franklin 6-2 302 23 Syracuse
61 Tre Stallings 6-3 315 23 Mississippi
62 Casey Wiegmann* 6-2 285 33 Iowa
64 Rudy Niswanger 6-5 301 23 Louisiana State
65 Jordan Black 6-5 304 26 Notre Dame
66 Johnathan Ingram 6-2 300 25 San Diego State
67 Chris Bober 6-5 310 29 Nebraska-Omaha
68 Will Shields* 6-3 320 34 Nebraska
70 Peter Heyer 6-3 310 27 None
71 Will Svitek 6-6 300 24 Stanford
72 Jeremy Parquet 6-6 321 24 Southern Mississippi
73 Thomas Barnett 6-4 314 27 Kansas State
74 Ian Allen 6-5 310 28 Purdue
75 Kyle Turley* 6-5 300 30 San Diego State
77 Willie Roaf* 6-5 320 36 Louisiana Tech
79 Kevin Sampson 6-4 312 25 Syracuse

This was already one of the best groups in the league. If Turley is the starter at right tackle, that should make the Chiefs better. Age has to be a factor for Roaf and Shields sometime. Is this the year?

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (16)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
60 Arrion Dixon 6-4 308 24 Arkansas
64 Zach Ville 6-1 291 24 Missouri
69 Jared Allen* 6-6 265 24 Idaho State
71 James Reed 6-0 286 29 Iowa State
72 Clint Mitchell 6-7 257 25 Florida
73 Alex Guerrero 6-1 303 22 Boise State
75 Lional Dalton* 6-1 315 31 Eastern Michigan
79 Steve Williams 6-2 306 23 Northwest Missouri St.
90 Ryan Sims* 6-4 315 26 North Carolina
91 Tamba Hali 6-3 275 22 Penn State
92 Carlos Hall 6-4 259 27 Arkansas
93 John Browning 6-5 297 32 West Virginia
94 Junior Siavii 6-5 336 27 Oregon
95 Ron Edwards 6-3 293 27 Texas A&M
96 Jimmy Wilkerson 6-2 280 25 Oklahoma
98 Eric Hicks* 6-6 280 30 Maryland

The Chiefs finally have enough bodies. They can go four deep at tackle and five deep at end without losing much. But unless Sims and Hali play to expectations, they won’t have enough high-quality players.

LINEBACKERS (10)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
50 Kawika Mitchell* 6-1 253 26 South Florida
51 Boomer Grigsby 5-11 249 24 Illinois State
52 William Kershaw 6-3 240 22 Maryland
53 Kris Griffin 6-3 232 25 Indiana (Pa.)
55 Rich Scanlon 6-2 249 25 Syracuse
56 Derrick Johnson* 6-3 242 23 Texas
57 Nick Reid 6-3 234 22 Kansas
59 Brandon Guillory 6-4 253 23 Louisiana-Monroe
97 Keyaron Fox 6-3 235 24 Georgia Tech
99 Kendrell Bell* 6-1 245 28 Georgia

This group made great improvement last year, but more gains must be made. The Chiefs would take another solid season from Mitchell, but they would like more production in terms of big plays from Johnson and particularly Bell.

DEFENSIVE BACKS (18)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
20 Benny Sapp 5-9 190 25 Northern Iowa
23 Patrick Surtain* 5-11 195 30 Southern Mississippi
24 William Bartee 6-1 200 29 Oklahoma
25 Greg Wesley* 6-2 206 28 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
26 Julian Battle 6-2 205 25 Tennessee
29 Sammy Knight* 6-0 215 30 USC
34 Jerald Brown 5-11 185 25 Glenville State
35 Lenny Walls* 6-4 192 26 Boston College
38 Michael Bragg 6-1 183 24 Texas A&M-Kingsville
39 Chris Johnson 6-0 198 26 Louisville
40 Justin Perkins 5-10 186 24 Connecticut
41 Scott Connot 6-3 216 25 South Dakota State
44 Jarrad Page 6-0 225 21 UCLA
45 Marcus Maxey 6-0 192 23 Miami
46 Kevin Garrett 5-9 194 25 SMU
47 Alphonso Hodge 5-10 203 24 Miami (Ohio)
48 Gabriel Helms 5-10 221 26 Northwest Missouri St.
49 Bernard Pollard 6-1 224 21 Purdue

Ty Law, where are you? The Chiefs could use the talents of the veteran cornerback but so far have resisted paying his price. If they can’t get together with him on a deal, they could come to regret it.

SPECIALISTS (4)


No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
1 Lawrence Tynes 6-1 202 28 Troy State
2 Dustin Colquitt 6-1 191 24 Tennessee
48 Adam Johnson 6-5 235 26 Buffalo
83 Kendall Gammon 6-4 255 37 Pittsburg State

Tynes began to establish himself as a kicker last season after a rough preseason, and Colquitt should improve from his rookie year. Johnson will try to unseat Gammon as the deep snapper.

Some numbers are duplicates

* Projected starter
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/15101250.htm
 
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