November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Roster Battles To Watch

There is a lot to figure out heading into the 2014 season for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Which positions draw the most attention?

Tight End:  Anthony Fasano vs. Travis Kelce

This roster battle actually took place last season for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Anthony Fasano, the veteran from Miami took the starting job after promising rookie Travis Kelce went down with a season-ending injury.  This time around the Cincinnati product hopes to finish what he started by becoming a vital big target for quarterback Alex Smith in the passing game.  Fasano was a nice red zone target but he showed he doesn’t have the ceiling like Kelce does at age 30.  Throw in the fact he only played nine games himself and it’s really an even matchup.

Backup QB:  Chase Daniel vs. Tyler Bray vs. Aaron Murray

The only thing consistent about the quarterback position for Kansas City is its inconsistency.  Alex Smith is the definite starter but he’s fighting for a new contract.  Meanwhile the backup position has sunk into a quagmire of mystery.  Three different names could be vying for that second spot.  There is Chase Daniel, a veteran backup who played sparingly in New Orleans for four seasons.  Tyler Bray is a tall, cannon-armed second-year man out of Tennessee who came out of college with loads of questions about his mental abilities.  Then comes rookie Aaron Murray, the all-time SEC passing leader at Georgia with a good arm and intelligence but stands just 6’1″ and is rehabbing a torn ACL.  There is no clear favorite, and that should make for an entertaining race.

Cornerback:  Brandon Flowers vs. Phillip Gaines

One fact that became clear last season for the Kansas City Chiefs was the not-so-good fit of Brandon Flowers as an outside cornerback in their 3-4 system.  Being 5’9″ and missing three games with injury proved that much.  It’s why the team attempted to trade the Pro Bowler but unsuccessfully.  So for the time being he remains at the top of the depth chart opposite Sean Smith but that might not be for long.  Rookie 3rd round pick Phillip Gaines comes in raw out of Rice but with much more appeal as a man-to-man corner with better size and length.  He should have an excellent chance to push Flowers out of the starting job.

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  • A1 Yola

    Who’d they try to trade Flowers to?

    • Erik Lambert

      It was more like they made it known he was available around the draft.

  • Josh Landers

    I would hate to see flowers go but it makes sense as a business decision.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sad but true.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Kelce went to Cincy. Flowers is coming off his worst year as a pro. He’s still our best option at this point. Maybe he’s not worth the money he was signed for. I think the better questions are, “Who can take his spot? Is Cooper good? Would the chiefs be better or worse without him, while considering the freed up cap space? Is there a viable replacement we could trade for? Is Gaines ready to play?

    • Erik Lambert

      If I were KC I’d consider sliding him inside to nickel corner and putting Gaines or Cooper on the outside. That would create better matchups.

    • Pealvin

      Flowers wasnt healthy last season. I think he was playing on two bad knees. We’ve seen him lockdown his whole career. He had a bad year. I applaud him for trying to earn his keep. He is still the best CB that we have. Maybe we slide him inside and let him lock down the slot and let the bigger CB’s rumble on the outside.

  • Andy

    Come on man. I think the guard position will be up for grabs. FS? Slot receiver? Punt and kick returner?
    Not sure Kelce and Fasano is a position battle since both will probably be on the field simultaneously. Harris and the Beard will be fighting though.
    If Flowers is on the team, he is the starter. With the multiple set offenses and crossing patterns he will see, Gaines will get burned without the time to learn. If we can live with short term pain, I wouldn’t mind.
    QB wise, I see a couple scenarios. All of which sees Daniel’s as second string. A fandom injury puts Bray or Murray on IR, or Murray is in and we will unsuccessfully try to put Bray on the practice squad.. Reid drafted Murray.