Chiefs release updated depth chart for divisional round

The Kansas City Chiefs have released their latest “unofficial” depth chart ahead of the divisional round playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There are a pair of changes to the depth chart this week, reflecting roster moves that happened ahead of Week 18’s game. Generally speaking, these are intended to give a rough idea of where a player is on the depth chart, but they’re not always entirely accurate. They’re considered “unofficial” because they’re assembled by the team’s PR staff and not the coaching staff and they might not always reflect what happens on game day as a result of that. It’s intended to be a fluid document that evolves as the roster changes throughout the season.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest depth chart (dated Jan. 16) and see what we can learn about the Chiefs:

Offense

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Pos.

First

Second

Third

Fourth

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Chad Henne

Shane Buechele

RB

Isiah Pacheco

Jerick McKinnon

Ronald Jones

FB

Michael Burton

TE

Travis Kelce

Noah Gray

Blake Bell

WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Skyy Moore

Mecole Hardman

WR

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kadarius Toney

Justin Watson

LT

Orlando Brown Jr.

Prince Tega-Wanogho

LG

Joe Thuney

Nick Allegretti

C

Creed Humphrey

Nick Allegretti

RG

Trey Smith

Nick Allegretti

RT

Andrew Wylie

Darian Kinnard

Lucas Niang

Observations:

  • Mecole Hardman was activated to the 53-man roster ahead of Week 18, but he didn’t play in the game. He’s back on the depth chart this week, but not in the same spot where he started the 2022 NFL season. Expect the Chiefs to ease Hardman back into action should he play in the divisional round.

  • In a corresponding move to Hardman’s activation, the Chiefs released OT Geron Christian. He no longer appears on the depth chart with Prince Tega Wanogho taking his place.

Defense

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Pos.

First

Second

Third

Fourth

LDE

Mike Danna

George Karlaftis

Malik Herring

LDT

Derrick Nnadi

Khalen Saunders

RDT

Chris Jones

Brandon Williams

RDE

Frank Clark

Carlos Dunlap

Joshua Kaindoh

MLB

Nick Bolton

Darius Harris

WLB

Willie Gay Jr.

Jack Cochrane

SLB

Leo Chenal

Jack Cochrane

LCB

L’Jarius Sneed

Joshua Williams

Chris Lammons

RCB

Trent McDuffie

Jaylen Watson

Nazeeh Johnson

FS

Juan Thornhill

Deon Bush

SS

Justin Reid

Bryan Cook

Observations:

  • No changes to the depth chart on the defensive side of the ball this week.

  • In Week 18, Joshua Williams played no snaps on defense. Meanwhile, Jaylen Watson played 67% of the defensive snaps for Kansas City.

Special teams

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Pos.

First

Second

Third

Fourth

P

Tommy Townsend

K

Harrison Butker

LS

James Winchester

H

Tommy Townsend

PR

Kadarius Toney

Justin Watson

Skyy Moore

KR

Isiah Pacheco

Skyy Moore

Observations:

  • No changes to the special teams depth chart despite Mecole Hardman’s return. Dave Toub could still potentially use Hardman on punt returns as he did with Tyreek Hill in the past. If the Chiefs need a spark, Toub could put him out there.

Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire