Offensive linemen (9): LT Eric Fisher, LG Andrew Wylie, C Austin Reiter, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitch Schwartz, Cameron Erving, Jimmy Murray, Kahlil McKenzie, Nick Allegretti The only difference between my first and second 53-man rosters when it comes to offensive linemen was replacing Ryan Hunter with Jimmy Murray. I think the Chiefs like Hunter, but not more than these nine players, and sometimes, it’s simply a numbers game. The starters are set, Cam Erving is a swing tackle, Murray is the backup center, and I think McKenzie is ready to make the club as a viable backup interior option. The Chiefs also hold onto their seventh-round draft pick in Nick Allegretti, who can play guard and serve as a third-string center (remember, Austin Reiter was the third-string center last year, and now he’s the starter).
Rookie Nick Allegretti got second-team reps at left guard, holding his own in pass protection fairly well before switching positions with Jimmy Murray and becoming the second-team center. That versatility will be key as a depth offensive lineman this year. The other second-team guard spot went to second-year man Khalil McKenzie, showcasing good athleticism and good anchor against bull rushes. Cameron Erving was the backup swing tackle — as he has been throughout camp — and he was a little bit of a mixed bag. Chad Henne and Kyle Shurmur had quite a bit of pressure from Erving’s side of the line.
Offensive Line (9) – Eric Fisher, Andrew Wylie, Austin Reiter, LDT, Mitchell Schwartz, Cam Erving, Nick Allegretti, Kahlil McKenzie, Jimmy Murray. If we go with eight, Murray would be the odd man out but only if Allegretti shines as a backup center. Ryan Hunter is a potential Murray replacement. Abdul Beecham, Dino Boyd, Zack Golditch, Pace Murphy, and Chidi Okeke have no chance of staying.
I don’t see any way Jimmy isn’t at least on the practice squad. Hopefully he sticks on the 53. The general consensus thus far has been that he’d be the 9th and final OL on the 53-man roster. He played some guard in addition to center last week so hopefully that makes him a more attractive guy if he shows he can play more than one spot on the OL.