The Kansas City Chiefs’ final 53-man roster has 26 players, almost half, that weren’t on the Chiefs’ season-opening roster in 2012. That number leads the NFL in that category.
In every positional group there are new faces that will see the field for Kansas City in 2013. New general manager John Dorsey and new head coach Andy Reid have put their own flavor on what they hope will be a KC Masterpiece.
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Gone are Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi at quarterback. That position is now stocked with Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and rookie Tyler Bray. At running back Jamaal Charles remains the centerpiece, but behind him rookie Knile Davis has replaced Peyton Hillis. Three of the six wide receivers on the roster are new to the team, and this is the first season that Dexter McCluster is listed on the depth chart at wide receiver instead of running back.
Tight end is another spot that got a makeover. Anthony Fasano replaces Kevin Boss and rookie Travis Kelce will see the field a lot too. Along the offensive line, starters Branden Alberts, Rocky Hudson and Jon Asamoah return at left tackle, center and right guard, but Jell Allen and first overall draft pick Eric Fisher are new starters at left guard and right tackle.
2013 Kansas City Chiefs 53 Man Roster Breakdown
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Many of the 27 returning players that made Andy Reid’s roster are defensive players. Mike DeVito at defensive end, Akeem Jordan at inside linebacker and Sean Smith at corner are the only new starters. Tyson Jackson, Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis are all back in their same starting roles.
A lot of the changes are in the rotations. Mike Catapano, Frank Zombo, Nico Johnson, Dunta Robinson are among the new Chiefs who will see the field but not start for Kansas City.
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Special teams was by far the most impressive facet of the Chiefs performance in the preseason. Plays like kick returns for touchdowns and blocked field goal attempts helped the Chiefs win two out of the four preseason contests. Dustin Colquitt and Ryan Succop return at punter and kicker for Kansas City. McCluster will handle the return duties according to the team website, but don’t be surprised if you see second-year player Devon Wylie contribute as well.
Winning two out of 16 games in 2012 warranted a roster overhaul. The former cast on offense couldn’t score points and the defense lacked depth. As the games are played out in 2013 Chiefs fans will see whether or not all the change actually translates into more wins.