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Chiefs training camp roster

07/21/2012 7:17 PM

05/16/2014 7:11 PM

Quarterbacks (4)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
4 Alex Tanney 6-4 220 24 Monmouth (Ill.)
7 Matt Cassel 6-4 230 30 USC
9 Brady Quinn 6-3 235 27 Notre Dame
12 Ricky Stanzi 6-4 228 24 Iowa

Cassel enters the season as the unquestioned starter but needs to get comfortable quickly in a new offensive system. The real intrigue here will be the battle for the number two spot. Quinn has more experience, but the Chiefs may well go with Stanzi, who has more upside at this point in their respective careers. Whatever their decision, the Chiefs figure to be better off than they were last season, when Tyler Palko emerged from camp as their top reserve.

Running backs (7)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
25 Jamaal Charles 5-11 199 25 Texas
32 Shaun Draughn 6-0 205 24 North Carolina
38 Shane Bannon 6-3 245 23 Yale
40 Peyton Hillis 6-2 250 26 Arkansas
42 Cyrus Gray 5-10 198 22 Texas A
45 Nate Eachus 5-10 212 22 Colgate
49 Taylor Gentry 6-2 250 22 North Carolina State

One of the biggest priorities at camp is to get Charles back to where he was before last season’s knee injury. Another is to figure out how to maximize the talents of both Charles and Hillis, who had his best pro season playing for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll two seasons ago, when Daboll was with the Browns. In the Chiefs’ perfect world, they’ll get the ball to Charles and Hillis a total of 500 times, which leaves little but special-teams work for the rest of these guys.

Wide receivers (13)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
5 Zeke Markshausen 5-11 185 25 Northwestern
8 Josh Bellamy 6-0 206 23 Louisville
10 Terrance Copper 6-0 207 30 East Carolina
11 Jeremy Horne 6-2 193 25 Massachusetts
13 Aaron Weaver 6-2 220 24 Syracuse
15 Steve Breaston 6-0 189 28 Michigan
17 Brandon Kinnie 6-3 220 23 Nebraska
19 Devon Wylie 5-9 187 23 Fresno State
22 Dexter McCluster 5-8 170 23 Mississippi
82 Dwayne Bowe 6-2 221 27 Louisiana State
84 Jamar Newsome 6-1 201 24 Central Florida
88 Junior Hemingway 6-1 225 23 Michigan
89 Jonathan Baldwin 6-4 230 22 Pittsburgh

The Chiefs have a lot of bodies here, but not a lot of experience or depth, and the situation won’t get better until Bowe signs his one-year contract offer and arrives. Minus Bowe, the Chiefs have just four players with significant NFL experience, and one, Copper, is around mainly for his special-teams skills. Whether Bowe shows or not, the Chiefs need major improvement from Baldwin, their first-round pick from last year. They also need to stay away from injuries to their top guys.

Tight ends (5)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
48 Tim Biere 6-4 260 22 Kansas
80 Kevin Boss 6-6 255 28 Western Oregon
81 Tony Moeaki 6-3 252 25 Iowa
85 Jake O’Connell 6-3 250 26 Miami (Ohio)
87 Steve Maneri 6-6 280 24 Temple

The Chiefs were left with practically nothing here last year after they lost Moeaki for the season with a knee injury. So they went out and signed Boss, and now, with Moeaki’s return, they have two NFL-caliber tight ends. Both will play a lot, and Daboll may make liberal use of two tight-end formations. Maneri is a converted tackle and will probably make the roster because of his blocking skills, but he showed surprisingly strong receiving skills during offseason practice.

Offensive linemen (14)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
60 Rob Bruggeman 6-4 293 26 Iowa
61 Rodney Hudson 6-2 299 23 Florida State
65 Ryan Lilja 6-2 290 30 Kansas State
66 Darryl Harris 6-4 300 27 Mississippi
67 Rich Ranglin 6-2 315 27 Cent. Connecticut St.
68 Cam Holland 6-2 320 23 North Carolina
70 David Mims 6-8 335 24 Virginia Union
71 Jeff Allen 6-5 315 22 Illinois
73 Jon Asamoah 6-4 305 24 Illinois
74 Eric Winston 6-7 302 28 Miami
75 Justin Cheadle 6-2 290 23 California
76 Branden Albert 6-5 316 27 Virginia
77 Luke Patterson 6-4 295 24 Texas A
79 Donald Stephenson 6-6 312 23 Oklahoma

The Chiefs have the makings for one of their better lines in recent years, but it might take them some time to get there because Hudson (center) and Winston (right tackle) are new starters. But Winston is a clear upgrade over last year’s starter, Barry Richardson. Albert finally became a reliable left tackle last season. Guards Lilja and Asamoah need to improve from last season. The top backups at guard and tackle, Allen and Stephenson, are rookies.

Defensive linemen (11)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
60 Jerome Long 6-5 285 22 San Diego State
70 Ethan Johnson 6-4 300 22 Notre Dame
72 Glenn Dorsey 6-1 297 26 Louisiana State
77 Ropati Pitoitua 6-8 315 27 Washington State
90 Brandon Bair 6-7 272 27 Oregon
92 Dontari Poe 6-5 350 21 Memphis
94 Tyson Jackson 6-4 296 26 Louisiana State
95 Jerrell Powe 6-2 335 25 Mississippi
97 Allen Bailey 6-3 285 23 Miami
98 Anthony Toribio 6-1 315 27 Carson-Newman
99 Amon Gordon 6-2 305 30 Stanford

Much depends on how quickly Poe, the team’s first-round draft pick, can help. He got an extensive look in offseason practice as a pass rusher, suggesting that’s where the Chiefs believe he will be of most help early in the season. Eventually, though, they’ll need his assistance against the run, too. The Chiefs are also expecting Bailey to make progress as a pass rusher. He played but had little impact in that area as a rookie last season.

Linebackers (12)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
50 Justin Houston 6-3 258 23 Georgia
51 Gabe Miller 6-3 257 24 Oregon State
52 Brandon Siler 6-2 239 26 Florida
53 Dexter Heyman 6-3 238 22 Louisville
55 Cameron Sheffield 6-2 257 24 Troy
56 Derrick Johnson 6-3 242 29 Texas
57 Caleb Campbell 6-2 237 27 Army
59 Jovan Belcher 6-2 228 24 Maine
66 Leon Williams 6-3 248 28 Miami
91 Tamba Hali 6-3 275 28 Penn State
93 Cory Greenwood 6-2 235 27 Concordia
96 Andy Studebaker 6-3 248 26 Wheaton

In Hali and Johnson, the Chiefs sent a pair of linebackers to the Pro Bowl for the first time since the 1972 season. Houston, who became a starter last season as a rookie, may have as much ability as either Hali or Johnson. The Chiefs need to develop depth, particularly behind Hali and Houston at outside linebacker. All four starting linebackers, including Belcher, played in all 16 games last season, so the Chiefs are due for some bad luck at this position when it comes to injuries.

Defensive backs (19)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
21 Javier Arenas 5-9 197 24 Alabama
23 Kendrick Lewis 6-0 198 24 Mississippi
24 Brandon Flowers 5-9 187 26 Virginia Tech
26 Stanford Routt 6-1 195 28 Houston
27 Donald Washington 6-1 197 25 Ohio State
29 Eric Berry 6-0 211 23 Tennessee
30 Jalil Brown 6-1 205 24 Colorado
31 Terrance Parks 6-2 218 22 Florida State
32 Abram Elam 6-0 212 30 Kent State
34 Travis Daniels 6-1 195 29 Louisiana State
35 Jacques Reeves 5-11 188 29 Purdue
38 Neiko Thorpe 6-2 185 22 Auburn
39 Mikail Baker 6-0 200 25 Baylor
41 Kyle McCarthy 6-1 205 25 Notre Dame
42 Jean Fanor 6-1 200 23 Bethune-Cookman
45 Dominique Ellis 5-11 195 22 South Carolina State
46 Tysyn Hartman 6-3 206 22 Kansas State
48 Chandler Fenner 6-1 189 22 Holy Cross
49 De’Quan Menzie 6-0 198 22 Alabama

The starting safeties, Berry and Lewis, didn’t practice during the offseason because they were rehabbing from surgeries, so their progress is something to watch at camp. The Chiefs are also going through a change at cornerback, where Flowers now plays with Routt instead of the departed Brandon Carr. The Chiefs have seven rookies on this list, so they’re searching for developmental prospects.

Specialists (4)
No. Player Ht. Wt. Age College
2 Dustin Colquitt 6-3 210 30 Tennessee
6 Ryan Succop 6-2 218 25 South Carolina
14 Matt Szymanski 6-1 196 23 Southern Methodist
43 Thomas Gafford 6-2 250 29 Houston

The Chiefs will go into their fourth season with Succop and Colquitt as their kicker-punter tandem. Succop rebounded last year after a subpar 2010 season, while Colquitt has been remarkably consistent, with his average hovering between 44 and 46 yards in each of the six seasons since he was a rookie. Gafford has developed into a reliable long snapper.

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