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Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Positional Battles

The Kansas City Chiefs will open the regular season in less than three weeks. Here's where the offensive positional battles stand.

The Kansas City Chiefs are at the halfway point of the preseason. They've lost two games, switched a few players on their two depth charts and continued tweaking the offense and defense.

At this point, most starters are becoming clear. There are, however, a few spots up for grabs.

QB: This is Matt Cassel's no doubt about it.

RB: This will be the Thomas Jones/Jamaal Charles show. The only question now is how many carries each will get. I suspect we won't see either one break out for 250+ carries and be the feature back.

FB: This is Mike Cox and Tim Castille battling and it's pretty interesting. It's hard to tell who's leading this one but I think Castille may get the edge because he's a little more athletic.

WR: Dwayne Bowe will be one of the top two receivers without a doubt.

WR: Chris Chambers will be one of the top two receivers as well.

WR: This is the slot position and it appears Dexter McCluster would play here over Jerheme Urban. I suspect Urban makes the roster though.

TE: Leonard Pope's job to lose. Tony Moeaki hasn't played in the first two preseason games and has been injured so it's hard to envision him beating out Pope at this point.

LT: Branden Albert will start all season barring injury.

LG: Brian Waters will start here barring injury.

C: The most interesting battle on the offensive line is between Rudy Niswanger and Casey Wiegmann. Niswanger has taken the vast majority of the first team snaps but Wiegmann's a veteran and understands the position so it's hard to get a good picture on who will start here. If practices are any indication, it will be Niswanger.

RG: Ryan Lilja has been here since the day he arrived (the second time around).

RT: Ryan O'Callaghan will have this job though it would probably be the least secure on the offensive line (depending on how the center battle turns out). He's currently injured and has Barry Richardson backing him up. That would mean Richardson is the top swing tackle and he'll probably make the team.


In review, the positions that are likely up for grabs at this point include running back, fullback, slot receiver and center. After that, i don't think there's a good chance you'll see a change at any of the rest of the positions.