There were a few interesting conclusions drawn from the Kansas City Chiefs' first depth chart released this preseason.
But not too much surprised, and after finishing 2-14 a year ago, the Chiefs should have most jobs up for grabs.
“Depth chart, they're just numbers right now,” linebacker Akeem Jordan said. “You just out here working every day. It’s all competition. Depth chart’s not even a factor this early.”
Released late Sunday, Andy Reid’s first depth chart mostly toed the line, including Jordan in the starting spot next to Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker.
Jordan right now holds the edge on rookie Nico Johnson, a promising fourth-round pick out of Alabama. Signed in April, Jordan spent his first six NFL seasons playing for Reid in Philadelphia, making 34 starts in 82 career games with the Eagles. Jordan’s best season came in 2009 when he recorded 45 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
There appear to be few true position battles for the Chiefs outside of the one linebacker spot.
Anthony Sherman, acquired in an offseason trade from the Cardinals for Javier Arenas, occupies the first-team spot at fullback ahead of three rookies, including Kansas State product Braden Wilson (backup) and Kansas product Toben Opurum (third team). Dexter McCluster ranks ahead of Devon Wylie for both kick and punt return duties.
The biggest surprise might be at tight end where rookie third-round pick Travis Kelce sits behind veteran Anthony Fasano but in front of Tony Moeaki. But how that affects playing time down the road can’t be determined, especially when not much is set for Friday’s preseason opener at New Orleans.
“The ones will get a little bit and then the twos will get a little bit, and threes,” Reid said. “Everybody will play, that’s what I told you today. I just have to figure out exactly how much I want to give each group.”
More of the interest came not from how high up a player was listed but at what position.
A starter at nose tackle entering the 2012 Chiefs training camp, Anthony Toribio currently backs up Mike DeVito at the right defensive end spot. That leaves Jerrell Powe and 2011 undrafted free agent Miguel Chavis in the spots behind starting nose tackle Dontari Poe.
Utility offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is listed as the backup at right tackle to No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher. Schwartz received some first-team opportunities at left guard earlier in camp while Jeff Allen sat out a couple of days with a shoulder injury.
Matt Reynolds — a 27-year-old second-year player from BYU — and Ryan Durand are currently listed as the backup guards.
But the lesson as always with depth charts is don’t read too much into them.
“This is the first week, you know, first game, so everything’s open,” Reid said. “Just play. We’re going to play the best guys; I mean that’s what we’re going to do. That’s all I can tell you.”
Wide receiver Junior Hemingway — listed as third string at one wide receiver spot — did not practice Tuesday due to a sprained thumb. Reserve offensive tackle Dustin Waldron was injured during linemen drills and dislocated his knee cap.
Both players are set for MRIs to determine the severity of their injuries.