3 cut candidates on the Chiefs’ roster bubble entering 2021 training camp
The Kansas City Chiefs are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the NFL. With Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill running routes for Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ pass offense is almost unstoppable. The coaching staff is hopeful for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to elevate his game as well, giving Kansas City a consistent run game to rely on.
The defense has its fair share of stars as well, as Chris Jones and Tyrann Mathieu serve as the defensive anchors. After loading up the roster again, this team will be taking another stab at a Super Bowl run in 2021.
To do that, the Chiefs will need the best roster possible. The starting lineup is set for the most part, so any position battles will be had for backup roles. Kansas City is plentiful in some areas, so the guys on this list shouldn’t come as a surprise. With that said, here are three cut candidates on the Chiefs roster bubble entering training camp.
3 Chiefs Roster Cut Candidates
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is locked in as the starter while Darrel Williams will likely serve as the immediate backup. The front office also brought in Jerick McKinnon to compete for a spot on the roster as well. Kansas City has six total running backs on the current roster, so we should see a couple of guys cut from that position.
Darwin Thompson is in the most danger of being cut in training camp. He’s entering the third year of his career and has major competition in the backfield this season. He hasn’t done much with his limited opportunities so he’s a likely cut candidate for the Chiefs.
Andrew Wylie had to step in as the right tackle during the Super Bowl after Eric Fisher injured his Achillies in the AFC Conference Championship game. Wylie has been mediocre as a guard, and didn’t play well at all as a tackle. The front office brought in a ton of new faces to restructure the offensive line, making Wylie the odd man out.
There are 10 offensive lineman competing for a backup role in the Chiefs training camp. That is a ton of competition for Wylie to deal with and after watching him struggle last year, the Chiefs are likely to move on and keep someone else on the team. We’ll see how this camp battle goes, as Kansas City has plenty to choose from to build their offensive line depth.
Armani Watts has played minimal time for the Chiefs since joining the team in 2018. He’s only racked up 39 total tackles, two sacks, and two pass deflections in a three year time span. There is no reason to believe Watts suddenly becomes a more efficient safety, and after bringing in rookie Devon Key, Watts might be losing his job in training camp.
Kansas City has a plethora of safeties on the roster right now, so we may see a few guys cut in this position. Watts’ best chances to make the final roster again is likely through the special teams unit. However, it’s more likely the coaching staff gives Devon Key a chance instead.