First Day Lineups Have A Few Surprises

The Kansas City Chiefs had their first OTA today and gave us the first glimpse at what the first depth chart of the season will look like.  Bob Gretz and Adam Teicher were there for all the action and report on the first and second teams for both sides of the ball.

On offense, the Chiefs lined up from left to right along the line with Branden Albert, Waters, Rudy Niswanger, Ryan Lilja and Ryan O’Callaghan.

Leonard Pope was the tight end, Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers the wide receivers, Thomas Jones and Mike Cox the backs and Matt Cassel the quarterback.

The No. 2 offensive line was C Casey Wiegmann, LG Ikechuku Ndukwe, RG Colin Brown, LT Barry Richardson and RT Jermail Porter.

The man left out of the offensive line snaps was first-year guard Darryl Harris. He was dressed but did not get a significant number of opportunities.

The No. 1 defense lined up with Reshard Langford at safety with veteran Jon McGraw.  The cornerbacks were Brandon Carr and Maurice Leggett.  The front seven was the normal starting group from last year with Glenn Dorsey, Ron Edwards and Tyson Jackson across the front, and linebackers Vrabel, Demorrio Williams, Corey Mays and Tamba Hali.

The No. 2 defense was Wallace Gilberry, Shaun Smith and Alex Magee on the line, with Andy Studebaker, Derrick Johnson, Jovan Belcher and Pierre Walters at linebacker.  The secondary had Mike Richardson and Travis Daniels at the corners, with Ricky Price and DaJuan Morgan at safety.

Among the players who did not practice for injury or conditioning reasons: running back Jamaal Charles, cornerback Brandon Flowers, tight ends Brad Cottam and Tony Moeaki and wide receivers Lance Long and Quinten Lawrence.  Charles and Flowers had shoulder surgery after the season.

The battle at center will be one to watch and to start Niswanger gets the nod, but I would expect to see both players get a decent look throughout the offseason with the first team.

I wouldn’t normally get too wrapped up in the backup guard, but it’s interesting to see Brown running with the second team in front of rookie Jon Asamoah.  Though I suppose it shouldn’t mean much, if only due to where Eric Berry spent his day.

That would be on the third team.  The rookies — rightfully so — will need to earn their spots and in Berry’s case I would imagine that would happen a whole lot sooner than the rest of the group.  It’s safe to say that by the time the June mini-camp rolls around, Reshard Langford and Jon McGraw will not be the starting safeties.

Players that have to be considered on thin ice: Darryl Harris and Quinten Lawrence.  Not a good sign that one (Harris) was dressed but barely saw any action and the other isn’t able to stay on the field.

It’s amazing that we are going to start with the Derrick Johnson drama right out of the gate.  After the weekly discussion about where he could/should be playing, he again finds himself backing up Demorrio Williams.  Again, it’s silly to make much out of the first practice of the year but we all know it will be an issue until he finds his way to the first team.

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