By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on June 1, 2014
With OTAs underway, the Kansas City Chiefs are starting to get a slightly clearer picture of a very foggy depth chart. Everybody has a real shot at making the team on a squad coached by Andy Reid with John Dorsey as general manager. They both love to get creative and find talent in strange places, making the five biggest position battles completely up for grabs.
Jeff Linkenbach and Rishaw Johnson are currently the front-runners for the job, with rookies Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif having a small chance to wow the coaching staff enough to end up as possible starters. That possibility will become much more likely as time goes by, and their professional education grows.
This looks to be a two-man race between Husain Abdullah and 2013 fifth-round pick Sanders Commings. Reid has stated that Abdullah is the guy for now, but that can definitely change if Commings impresses.
There has been a lot of unfulfilled hype surrounding Travis Kelce due to the knee injury that kept him out virtually all of his 2013 rookie season. Anthony Fasano is the starting tight end for now, but when Kelce makes it to OTAs (still resting his knee), a lot of Kansas City fans are hoping he can challenge for the job.
Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray are the reserves. The Chiefs just spent a fifth-round pick on Murray, so he is probably going to be around. This means Daniel or Bray will most likely be cut. Cutting Daniel would save some money, but also eliminate a much better insurance policy to an Alex-Smith injury than the developmental prospects can offer. Reid has also stated that keeping all four quarterbacks isn't out of the question.
This is possibly the most crowded position battle the Chiefs have. Junior Hemingway is getting the most reps as of now, but saying he's the front-runner isn't entirely true. A.J. Jenkins, rookie De'Anthony Thomas, and CFL star, Weston Dressler, all have legitimate shots at some playing time. Anything can happen at this position, and it will be very interesting to see who separates themselves from the pack.
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