By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 4, 2014
The hardest part of a coaching staff's job is making the roster cuts, but it has to be done. Here are five Kansas City Chiefs who need to impress the coaches fast, or they'll find themselves out of a job.
McKnight was signed by Kansas City in the offseason, and he is currently the low man on the totem pole at running back. The Chiefs don't seem interested in his kick-returning experience either, as he's not even listed on the depth chart at kick returner or punt returner.
The position battle between Santos and Ryan Succop seemed to be a close one, but the first official depth chart would disagree. Not only is Santos listed after Succop at kicker, but the rookie is also listed as the third-best option for kickoffs behind Dustin Colquitt and Succop.
The 2013 fourth-round pick out of Alabama has not been what the coaching staff had hoped he would be. The depth chart currently lists Johnson as the third-string left inside linebacker behind Joe Mays and Josh Mauga.
Gray has been the Chiefs' third-string running back for the past two seasons, but it looks like his time in Kansas City could be over soon. Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas are all listed ahead of him on the depth chart, and those guys are not likely going anywhere. Though, Gray does have an outside chance to make the team as a special teams contributor.
De'Anthony Thomas dropping to the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft could have sealed Dressler's fate. His best chance to make the team was as a punt returner, and it looks like the Chiefs like Thomas for that job. At 29-years old, Dressler needs to prove he can be a quality reserve now. Andy Reid and company aren't going to give him much of a leash.
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