When looking the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster, there aren’t too many names that pop out. Of course, there’s Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, and Eric Berry, but most of the other players on the team aren’t known throughout the league. However, the Chiefs don’t need star power to succeed. They don’t really have any egotistical, big-headed players that only set themselves up for failure. It’s quite the contrary, actually. Eric Berry just won the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge award for his foundation that helps get youth off of the streets and into sports. But the Chiefs are one of the quietest teams off the field, it’s a different story once the game starts. Even though they started slow last year, the Chiefs came back to end the season with an 11-5 record. They even came close to ending the Broncos playoff hopes, but things ended up working out in the Broncos favor. The recent draft made things look even better for Kansas City, as they’re working on patching up both the offensive and defensive lines. The competition in the AFC West is tense this year, and the Kansas City Chiefs will do whatever they can to make it out on top.
Phillip Gaines, CB
Kansas City is not hurting when it comes to their defense. The defensive line is solid, and their linebackers are big playmakers. However, if there is one part of the Chiefs’ defense that is a little lacking, it would be in the position of cornerback. While Marcus Peters, a first round draft pick from last year, had an incredible year with eight interceptions and 60 tackles, Phillip Gaines did not. Gaines only played three games last year due to a torn ACL, and his number the previous year weren’t anything special. The Chiefs are clearly looking for someone to fill his spot, as they drafted two corners in rounds three and four of this year’s draft. With his underperformance his first year and his injury this year, things don’t look too good for Phillip Gaines.
Nick Williams, DE
Nick Williams has found himself in the unfortunate place of being in a system with too talented of players. With Allen Bailey starting in front of him, and the recent second round draft pick Chris Jones currently at the top of the depth chart, Williams is going to have to fight for a place on the team. In the two seasons that Nick Williams has played, he’s only started 16 games, and has only recorded nine tackles. In his short career, he hasn’t recorded any sacks, which is not a good stat for a Defensive end. When it comes to his contract, this is the last year on Williams’ contract, and it would save the Chiefs around 100k. Don’t count on Nick Williams making the final roster this year.
Knile Davis, RB
Jamaal Charles is arguably the biggest name on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster, so being his backup is a tough situation. Luckily for Davis, he has only missed two games since he was drafted in 2013. However, the stats that he’s put up haven’t been so great. Davis has only averaged 3.3 yards a carry during his career, with his worst year statistically being last year. On top of being back up to Charles, Kansas City has picked up multiple running backs from free agency over the last couple years, and some have found themselves outperforming Davis. If Davis does have one thing to his “advantage”, it’s that while Jamaal Charles has gotten injured, Davis has been the main back the Chiefs rely on. However, his number haven’t been great, and the addition of so many running backs show that the Chiefs are counting on cutting Davis before the season starts.