|Offense||20th||109.2 (15th)||233.8 (19th)|
|Defense||24th||121.1 (26th)||247.4 (18th)|
|27||Acker, Kenneth||CB||6-0||195||2/6/1992||4||Southern Methodist|
|57||Alexander, D.J.||ILB||6-2||233||9/30/1991||3||Oregon State|
|Ali'ifua, Ricky||DE||6-3||276||12/2/1991||R||Utah State|
|97||Bailey, Allen||DE||6-3||288||3/25/1989||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|77||Barnes, T.J.||DT||6-7||364||6/14/1990||3||Georgia Tech|
|Bausby, DeVante||CB||6-2||190||1/15/1993||2||Pittsburg State|
|Brooks, Corin||G||6-5||300||//||R||Texas-Permian Basin|
|Chappell, Devin||DB||6-2||199||5/14/1994||R||Oregon State|
|Cheek, Joseph||G||6-7||311||12/2/1992||1||Texas A&M|
|Cliett, Reshard||OLB||6-2||222||4/29/1992||2||South Florida|
|76||Duvernay-Tardif, Laurent||G||6-5||321||2/11/1991||4||McGill (Canada)|
|Eligwe, Ukeme||LB||6-2||239||4/27/1994||R||Georgia Southern|
|Escobar, Gavin||TE||6-6||260||2/3/1991||5||San Diego State|
|72||Fisher, Eric||T||6-7||315||1/5/1991||5||Central Michigan|
|91||Hali, Tamba||OLB||6-3||275||11/3/1983||12||Penn State|
|10||Hill, Tyreek||WR||5-10||185||3/1/1994||2||West Alabama|
|James, Josh||T||6-5||314||5/9/1993||R||Carroll (Mont.)|
|95||Jones, Chris||DE||6-5||310||7/3/1994||2||Mississippi State|
|Jones, Seantavius||WR||6-3||200||8/9/1992||1||Valdosta State|
|Lampkin, Ashton||CB||6-0||189||1/10/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|Logan, Bennie||DT||6-2||315||12/28/1989||5||Louisiana State|
|Mahomes, Patrick||QB||6-3||215||9/17/1995||R||Texas Tech|
|90||Mauga, Josh (FA)||ILB||6-1||245||6/20/1987||8||Nevada|
|McQuay, Leon III||SAF||6-2||185||11/21/1994||R||USC|
|20||Nelson, Steven||CB||5-11||194||1/22/1993||3||Oregon State|
|52||Nicolas, Dadi||LB||6-3||235||9/29/1992||2||Virginia Tech|
|Nunez-Roches, Rakeem||DT||6-2||307||7/3/1993||3||Southern Mississippi|
|68||Person, Mike||G||6-4||300||6/17/1988||7||Montana State|
|75||Reid, Jah||G||6-7||325||7/21/1988||7||Central Florida|
|98||Reyes, Kendall (FA)||DT||6-4||300||9/26/1989||6||Connecticut|
|Smith, Terrance||ILB||6-2||235||5/3/1993||2||Florida State|
|49||Sorensen, Daniel||DB||6-2||208||3/5/1990||4||Brigham Young|
|Sterns, Jordan||DB||6-0||200||5/28/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|88||Travis, Ross||TE||6-7||235||1/9/1993||2||Penn State|
|32||Ware, Spencer||RB||5-10||229||11/23/1991||4||Louisiana State|
|35||West, Charcandrick||RB||5-10||205||6/2/1991||4||Abilene Christian|
|24||White, D.J.||CB||5-11||193||9/9/1993||2||Georgia Tech|
|Williams, Tourek||LB||6-4||262||5/9/1991||5||Florida International|
|12||Wilson, Albert||WR||5-9||200||7/12/1992||4||Georgia State|
|70||Witzmann, Bryan||T||6-7||320||6/16/1990||2||South Dakota State|
|51||Zombo, Frank||OLB||6-3||254||3/5/1987||8||Central Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gaines was uncertain to play with a knee ailment but team doctors ultimately gave him the green light. However, his two tackles were good for just seventh on the team.
Nunez-Roches injured his back during last Thursday's game against the Raiders, but his full showing Wednesday suggests he won't miss any additional time.
Murray isn't a well-known name, but this looks like a fine selection for the Chiefs. Murray was the top corner on a Minnesota defense that's quietly been good against the pass the last two years, and he performed well at the Combine, too. Murray (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) logged a 4.49-second 40, 39.5-inch vertical and 124-inch broad jump. With 31.75-inch arms, Murray should have the reach to press effectively.
Santos has served as Kansas City's kicker since entering the league three years ago. Last season, the Brazilian converted 31 of his 35 field-goal tries and 36 of his 39 extra-point attempts, tying his career high of 129 total points.
Escobar arrived in Kansas City for a visit Friday, and apparently management liked what he showed them. After entering the league as a second-round pick in 2013, Escobar struggled to make much of an impact behind future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, registering only 30 catches for 333 yards and eight touchdowns in 62 games. Although playing with a tight-end-friendly quarterback like Alex Smith could bode well for Escobar, having Pro Bowler Travis Kelce on the roster will again restrict him to a reserve role.
Mitchell was waived by the Chiefs on Nov. 7, but has plenty to be thankful for after being promoted back up to the active roster Thursday. With starting left cornerback Marcus Peters questionable for Week 12, Mitchell will presumably help provide depth in the Chiefs' secondary.
Wilson returns to Kansas City after topping the 30-yard mark both of the last two seasons. Through his first three years, the 24-year-old boasts 990 receiving yards, which on average accurately reflects his status as the team's fourth receiver and fifth option in the passing game, where tight end Travis Kelce leads the way.
The depth linebacker doesn't provide much other than another body on special teams, but Nicolas' spot on the roster likely won't be guaranteed heading into training camp. Assuming he can get healthy in time, he should battle for a job on the 53-man roster.
With the Chiefs moving Derrick Johnson (Achilles) to injured reserve Sunday, Alexander will have an opportunity to see a full load of snaps and will face a tough test right off the bat in attempting to slow the Titans' powerful ground game. Johnson had been averaging 6.9 tackles per game on the season, so Alexander could be able to take on a similar volume now that he's settling into a starting role.
Hill enjoyed a tremendous rookie season in his role as a multi-purpose threat, compiling 12 touchdowns, 860 scrimmage yards and 976 return yards from 61 receptions (83 targets), 24 carries, 39 punt returns and 13 kickoff returns. While he still figures to contribute on special teams and occasionally out of the backfield, it sounds as if the Chiefs really want Hill to focus on the receiving aspect of his repertoire. He should have every opportunity to push Chris Conley for the No. 2 receiver role, which would allow for a large uptick from the 401 offensive snaps Hill logged last season.
Jenkins played with Kansas City for the final seven games of the 2016 season, recording just five tackles. In what will be his first full season with the club, look for Jenkins to see a slightly increased role as a backup defensive lineman.
Cook was an exclusive-rights free agent, so the Chiefs could have kept hold of him for cheap if they'd wanted. While it isn't clear if the status of his torn quadriceps from last summer had anything to do with his release, Cook will nonetheless have to prove he is back to full strength to land another gig.
The nature of Peters' foot injury isn't clear, but it doesn't appear like it will hold him down for long. Buffalo's Stephen Gilmore will take his place at the Pro Bowl.
A sixth-round draft pick back in 2015, Cliett has been unable to secure a roster spot out of training camp thus far in his career and has yet to play in a regular-season game. He'll have a tough time making the Chiefs roster as well and he'd likely be nothing more than emergency depth at linebacker if he overcomes the odds.
Parker split 2014 between cornerback and safety, but the emergence of first-round draft pick Marcus Peters across from Sean Smith allowed him to play alongside Eric Berry this season. He took advantage of the opportunity, posting another solid season for the Chiefs in a secondary that could be scary for years to come, with Parker finishing up his first campaign of a five-year extension he signed in March of last year.
Travis has only been active for six games this season, recording three catches for 15 yards. As the fourth-string tight end for the Chiefs, Travis has a long way to go before attaining fantasy value.
Hughes, a former fifth-round selection by the Colts in 2013, appeared in two games for the Giants last season before getting released in October. Although he boasts a monstrous 6-4, 350-pound frame, his lack of production as a pro dampens his appeal as a reserve defensive lineman.
Thomas has done the majority of his damage on special teams this season, but even that role has been scaled back from previous seasons. The specialist may be a candidate to miss the 53-man roster next year with Tyreek Hill around. Should he earn a spot, 2017 would be his last under before his rookie deal with the Chiefs expires.
At 6-foot-7, 289 pounds, Kpassagnon is a massive lineman who figures to work as an end in Kansas City's three-man fronts. With 35 and 5/8-inch arms and a 128-inch broad jump, Kpassagnon has a freakish combination of length and linear explosiveness.
Bray didn't throw a touchdown pass or commit a turnover, posting a rather vanilla effort in his run. Still, he appears to have an inside track as the No. 3 quarterback following the news that Aaron Murray is on the trading block. Even if he makes the roster, it would take injuries to both Alex Smith and Nick Foles for Bray to see meaningful snaps.
Hunt was the Chiefs' target when they traded up in the third round to draft him, which came after a decorated college career at Toledo. The tailback finished with nearly 5,000 rushing yards and averaged a touchdown per game for the Rockets, but his 41 receptions as a senior took his value up a notch. Although Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West occupy the top spots in Kansas City's backfield at the moment, Hunt's pass-catching prowess should give them competition for snaps from the onset of this season.
Eligwe fills a definite need for the Chiefs with veteran Derrick Johnson coming off his second Achilles injury. He started his career at Florida State and was a member of the Seminoles' national championship team, but finished his career at Georgia Southern after being dismissed from FSU. He was a standout player while at Georgia Southern and was able to resurrect his draft stock. He'll likely start out as a special teamer, but his tape from college shows that Eligwe has the potential to develop into a linebacker in the NFL.
Millard signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs in January of 2016 but was stashed on injured reserve before the season started due to a torn ACL. When fully healthy, he should be able to help out a fullback-friendly team in training camp.
West is optimistic the change will make him more explosive, but it's possible the Chiefs might actually want him to put some of the weight back on, as he's already a bit undersized for his position -- listed at 5-foot-10, 205 pounds. A smaller frame would make sense if the Chiefs mostly plan to use West as a pass-catching and chance-of-pace option behind likely lead back Spencer Ware, who consistently out-touched his teammate down the stretch last season. Ware actually had more success than West as a receiver, but the Chiefs might still look to keep Ware fresh by using West more often on passing downs. Both running backs are healthy for the start of the offseason program, and there hasn't been any indication that free-agent signing C.J. Spiller will be a major threat to their joint workload. Of course, the Chiefs could still add a running back in the early or middle rounds of the upcoming draft.
White has missed the past three games with a fracture in his hand. However, his uninhibited practice Wednesday suggests he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Bucs.
They traded up all the way from 27th pick, trading an extra first- and third-round pick to make the deal. Alex Smith might begin the year as starter, but if the playoffs should look out of reach at any point or if he should miss any time with injury, that might be the end of him as a Chiefs starter. Mahomes (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) has the best throwing velocity in the class, and is extremely accomplished after playing at Texas Tech. He threw for 11,252 yards (8.3 YPA), 93 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in 32 career games, and also has excellent athleticism for a quarterback (22 career rushing touchdowns). His dual-threat skills and a plausible starting role in an Andy Reid offense no later than 2018 make Mahomes an enticing dynasty asset, and one to keep an eye on if he should see the field in 2017.
The Chiefs labeled the decision to pick up Ford's option a "no brainer" after he recorded 38 tackles, including 10.0 sacks, in 2016. The extension keeps the linebacker in Kansas City through the 2018 season.
Reyes has held down a starting role at defensive end for the Chiefs, but he's not much of a pass-rusher in the team's 3-4 scheme, as those duties fall to the likes of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford. As such, Reyes' absence won't mean much in leagues with IDPs, though the Chiefs will have to rotate in more linemen to help stop the Titans' potent ground game.
Though he's just 29 years old, the former No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has settled into the journeyman phase of his career since his breakout 2012 campaign with the Bills, during which he picked up a career-high 1,244 yards on 6.0 yards per carry. Following his exit from Buffalo after the 2014 season, Spiller has had abbreviated stints with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets, finding little success at any stop. The Chiefs will likely bring Spiller to training camp with the hope that he can still offer some value as a third-down back or returner, but even if he's able to win a spot on the 53-man roster, he likely won't see enough touches to approach fantasy relevance in most leagues.
The Chiefs have three solid defensive line options ahead of him in Jaye Howard, Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey that present a roadblock for him on the defensive line. While a strong camp could certainly lead to a chance at a starting spot, the team likely drafted him to replace Dontari Poe (who's in his contract year). Either way, the rookie second-round pick should see plenty of playing time as a substitute on the line should he not secure a starting gig.
Conley was considered a breakout candidate in 2016, but it was rookie wideout Tyreek Hill who actually did so. The second-year wideout did improve his receiving numbers in his second campaign but did not reach the end zone. Conley may continue seeing the second-most snaps among receivers in 2017, but Hill, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce will likely be more involved in the offense than the Georgia product.
According to the police report, Harris was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation, during which the officer detected marijuana in the 25-year-old's possession. The NFL will likely wait and see how the legal process plays out before levying any punishment for Harris, who served as the top backup to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce a season ago. Harris reeled in 17 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in 2016.
Despite joining the active roster for the first time since breaking his left hand in October, head coach Andy Reid admitted March-Lillard is unlikely to play in this weekend's season finale against the Chargers.
A 2014 UDFA, the 27-year-old Sorensen has only started one game in three NFL seasons, but he's a core special teamer who took advantage of an expanded defensive role to record a career-best 63 tackles in 2016 -- also notching three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He'll likely continue to serve as the third safety behind starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker, getting most of his playing time in passing situations.
The contract includes $40 million in guaranteed money and a $20 million signing bonus, making Berry the highest paid safety in the NFL. The five-time Pro Bowler recorded 77 tackles in 2016 and picked off four passes, two of them for touchdowns. Berry is undoubtedly one of the leaders of Kansas City's defense and the deal will keep him in that role for the foreseeable future. The fact that he did not require a franchise tag also gives the Chiefs an opportunity to place a tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe, which would keep him in Kansas City for the 2017 season.
Logan's signing could seem to indicate that Kansas City doesn't expect free agent Dontari Poe to return. A fellow run-stuffing nose tackle, Logan totaled 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks this past season, but that came after the Eagles switched to a 4-3 defense. In both of the prior two seasons, Logan posted at least 55 stops while working in a 3-4 scheme, which is what the Chiefs utilize.
Maclin's sophomore campaign with the Chiefs hasn't come close to matching his first, having nabbed just 44 passes in total on 76 targets versus 87 catches for 1,088 yards a year ago. He also found pay dirt just twice on the season, well off his 2015 pace when he reached the end zone eight times. He should lead the receiving corps in snaps in the postseason and could be a buy-low candidate in drafts next season.
Wilson was released by the Chiefs just before the beginning of the season, but with Justin March (undisclosed) landing on the IR, the team decided to bring back the 24-year-old. Expect Wilson to serve as a backup behind Sam Barrington while also playing a role on special teams.
Chesson (6-foot-3, 204 pounds) is super athletic and had moments of extreme productivity at Michigan, but his career was generally defined by inconsistency. After totaling 505 yards and six touchdowns in the final four games of 2015, Chesson went on to finish the 2016 season with just 500 yards and two touchdowns on 67 targets. But there's certainly upside here, as the big wideout possesses 4.47 speed to go along with a 132-inch broad jump and 6.7-second three-cone drill. On a loaded Kansas City depth chart, he's a long shot for immediate reps.
Nelson was forced to sit Week 12, but looks like he will be good to go against the Falcons on Sunday. He will likely back up Phillip Gaines at cornerback.
Jones reportedly displayed some promise during camp, enough so that the Chiefs have decided to keep him in Kansas City despite the wideout not securing a 53-man roster spot. He could earn a promotion if injuries occur but it's unlikely the second-year wideout will have a significant role on Sundays.
Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason, but afterward, head coach Andy Reid expressed his belief that the star tight end would be ready for the start of training camp. Dorsey's comments not only affirm that notion but also suggest Kelce is in a good place in his recovery if he'll be healthy enough to join his team on the field this month, although admittedly in a very limited capacity. While Dorsey's comments also suggest Kelce could be restricted in some fashion for the entire offseason program, Kelce is a two-time All-Pro player who is already fully comfortable operating within the Chiefs' offense. A few missed reps in May and June shouldn't be any problem at all if he indeed returns in time for training camp in July.
Mauga will miss the entire 2016 season due to a labral tear. The Chiefs' veteran linebacker was expected to be a catalyst of this year's defense. Ramik Wilson will have a chance to earn a starting spot during his absence.
Bailey played in just five games due to his torn muscle, but he may be able to return at some point during offseason workouts. He'll figure to be a backup along the defensive line when healthy in 2017.
The 27-year-old cornerback out of Nebraska spent the 2016 season on the Seahawks practice squad. Jean-Baptiste will now have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the Chiefs. The last time he saw the field during a regular-season game was during his rookie season with the Saints in 2014.
Ware led the Chiefs and proved reasonably effective in the starting role for the club last season. However, he did join the club as a fullback and was an undrafted free agent out of college. The fact that the Chiefs moved up in the draft to select Hunt suggests they were targeting the Toledo product. At the very least, Ware's bruising style would also work well as a compliment to the elusive running of Hunt.
Hali, who will turn 34 next season, is under contract with the Chiefs for the next two years but reportedly hopes to play on for another four. However, the veteran logged a season-low seven snaps against the Steelers on Sunday -- five fewer than reserve edge rusher Frank Zombo. Considering the Chiefs were coming off a bye and Hali himself confirmed he was feeling fresh and ready to go for the playoffs, it doesn't appear health was a factor in this near benching. At the same time, Hali still looks to have something left in the tank, so it was truly surprising the Chiefs didn't use him more. Cutting him would actually lose the team cap space, so that's not a remote possibility in the offseason, but it looks like Hali could be asked to accept a decreased workload if he wants to continue his career.
Even if there is more chaos at quarterback with Sam Bradford and Shuan Hill taking over for injured Teddy Bridgewater, it's hard to see Stave as an option to be activated to the 53-man roster. He'll likely spend the full season developing on the practice squad.
Not assured of a roster spot, Acker was presumably traded for a conditional late-round pick. The 2014 sixth-round selection did make 13 starts for the injury-plagued 49ers last season, but he profiles as a No. 4 or 5 cornerback for most organizations.
The Ravens rescinded their tender on Huff earlier in the week, which officially made the 24-year-old an unrestricted free agent. Huff was primarily a member of Baltimore's special teams units in 2016 and tallied three total tackles. He figures to slot into a similar role in Kansas City given the Chiefs' depth in the secondary.
While Mahomes presumably won't challenge Smith for the Week 1 starting job, the Chiefs' decision to give up three early-round picks for the young quarterback means there will be pressure to make a midseason change if the team doesn't live up to expectations early in the year. It does seem the Chiefs are well positioned to avoid such a scenario, with Smith coming off a strong 2016 season and surrounded by the best supporting cast he's had since arriving in Kansas City. The larger concern is Smith's future beyond 2017, as his contract only runs through 2018 and doesn't have any guaranteed payments left. Given what the team surrendered in Thursday's trade, Mahomes likely will be groomed to take over the starting job in 2018. Smith will celebrate his 33rd birthday in May, but he could still be a valuable trade chip next offseason as a potential one-year stopgap with a reasonable salary.
Sherman saw a dramatic drop in snaps from 25 in Week 1 to 10 in Week 2. Given the lack of production out of the fullback spot, it shouldn't have too much impact on his fantasy value, but it could be an indicator that the Chiefs plan to move in a different direction offensively.
Houston missed the team's final two regular-season games due to injury, but was deemed healthy enough to give it a go in the team's first playoff game. While he did record six tackles, the 28-year-old pass rusher was unable to get to Ben Roethlisberger in the contest and finishes his injury-shortened 2016 campaign with just four sacks over six games (including the playoffs). He remains under contract with the Chiefs for another four years, but has played just 16 games combined in the last two seasons. The Georgia product may be a somewhat risky proposition in terms of health, but his injury history could make him a high-value IDP option in 2017 if he can play the entire season.
Johnson's declaration comes after his 2016 campaign was ended by a ruptured Achilles suffered in Week 14. While that marked the second time in three years that Johnson sustained the same injury, his experience in rehabbing the issue has instilled confidence in his ability to made a quick recovery ahead of this season. Barring a setback, Johnson intends to be fully cleared for training camp, which would represent a considerable boost to the Chiefs' defense.