By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on July 14, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs have some interesting position battles to watch when training camp opens on July 24. Most will end the way we think they will, but some may surprise us. Here are five dark horse candidates to make the Chiefs' 53-man roster.
Harris will be battling Sean McGrath for the third-string tight end spot. The former college basketball player hasn't played football since high school, but he's impressed the coaching staff since joining the practice squad last season. McGrath was a nice fill-in when the Chiefs were ravaged by tight end injuries in 2013, but Harris' raw athletic ability and potential could give him an edge and put him on the roster.
Dressler's attempted transition from CFL star to the NFL could be a bumpy one. Drafting DeAnthony Thomas and signing Joe McKnight has created a crowd of players with similar skillsets for the Chiefs. The 29-year-old is going to have to prove he can produce immediately in order to earn his spot with the team.
The Chiefs have the choice of keeping four quarterbacks, dropping their best backup (Chase Daniel), or cutting one of their two developmental projects. Considering Aaron Murray was just drafted, the Chiefs would probably cut Bray if they were to release anyone. The former Tennessee Volunteer was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and his impressive progress may force Andy Reid to keep four quarterbacks.
The Chiefs signed former Tulane placekicker Cairo Santos as an undrafted free agent to challenge Ryan Succop for his job. The Brazilian has a very powerful leg, and he was an All-American in 2012.
It's a great time for undrafted rookies in Kansas City's secondary. Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers have left a group that did not look good at the end of the 2013 season. At 6-foot-1, Sorensen has the size the Chiefs like for their defensive backs. The former BYU star has the skills, determination and opportunity to play his way onto the final roster.
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