The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off their preseason Friday night on the road against the New Orleans Saints. With that first games comes a required depth chart that can often given at least a glimpse into something maybe the coaches are thinking but not showing on the practice field.
In the case of Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff, their initial depth chart seems to follow what they’ve been doing during training camp without many surprises.
The only name to really jump off the page is TE Tony Moeaki. He’s impressed so far in camp after missing all of OTAs, but is listed third behind veteran Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce. This could be an interesting position to follow, especially with intriguing undrafted free agent Demetrius Harris fighting for a spot on the practice squad.
I dig his potential, but I was a bit surprised by Allen Bailey jumping ahead of Austen Lane at LDE. Lane isn’t much older, how shown flashes and he had more tackles (22) and sacks (2) last season in 11 games than Bailey has put up his first two years in the league (26 games).
Some are surprised Husain Abdullah is listed second at free safety behind Kendrick Lewis, but for me I’m more surprised to see him that high. Even though he was thought to be a candidate to replace Lewis — and he still could — he’s been on the sidelines with an injury, making it fair to think former K-State star Tysyn Hartman could get the nod to backup Lewis, at least this early on.
Though it’s one of the few open competitions, Akeem Jordan listed as the starter at ILB next to Derrick Johnson makes sense. His main competition is a rookie, Nico Johnson, and Jordan has played for Reid before. The defense will be better off long term if they end up flipping, but it’s the right move the first week of August.
Now that we’ve seen this first depth chart, we can start to over analyze every substitution the Chiefs coaches make Friday night in New Orleans!