Source – Richie James Twitter (@senseispunk)
Article by – Cole Schrot (@coleschrot2329 – twitter)
For reference – Lock = 100%
Probable/Roster Bubble = likely will make the roster but not guaranteed
Roster Bubble/Practice Squad = slim chance of making the roster, but not impossible, likely will stay on the practice squad if he clears waivers
Practice Squad only = likely won’t make the roster at all, but might be worth stashing on the practice squad for the future.
Chiefs training camp is now complete, and camp this year came with a ton of intrigue to position groups that have more competition than they would’ve in past seasons. One of these position groups is the Wide Receiver room, where it might be fair to say that there isn’t a clear-cut leader of the pack that can be predicted to have the most targets. Today we are going to go over the power rankings for the receiver room as of now.
Barring a setback with injury, Kadarius Toney will be on the roster in week one and if healthy, one of the top options in this offense. Toney has shown the ability to contribute in a multitude of ways in his short time with the Chiefs so far, but the best ability is availability.
MVS is now the old head of the room (Which is a bit ironic as he is only 28) and has shown to be a good mentor for the young receivers (specifically Justyn Ross) so far in camp. Although not a consistent number one, his combination of size and speed makes him a valuable asset to the offense.
One of the standouts at training camp this summer, showing more comfortability within the offense and more confidence, Skyy Moore is set for a breakout season. Moore has shown soft hands and may possibly be the best route runner on the team.
After many people overreacted when Rice threw up early on in camp, Rice has been fantastic. Showing more than just the ability to win at the catch point, Rice is creating separation in man coverage at camp which many people said was a weakness of his when drafted. Rice had a great preseason Week 2 with 8 receptions for 96 yards, showing exciting ability after the catch.
Justin Watson is nowhere near the most popular receiver in the room, but he is obviously highly valued within the organization, as he wouldn’t be getting the opportunities he does if he didn’t have good rapport with the coaches and quarterback. Watson struggled with drops last season, but he is always in the right spot and isn’t afraid to do whatever the coaches ask of him.
Richie James has also had a great camp, showing value on both offense and special teams. Dave Toub mentioned James as his starting punt returner for now, and James had a great game on offense in preseason Week 1 with 2 receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown. Both of James’ catches against the Saints were on slightly misplaced balls, as he caught a deep ball where he had to slow down for an under-throw, and adjusted well to an overthrow in the end zone where he went up and got the ball while still being able to keep his feet inbounds. James played more with the ones in week 2 and was the first returner on kick returns this week over RB Deneric Prince, which may be a good sign for his roster status.
Justyn Ross has lived up to the hype so far this season, as he has managed to stay healthy and show out. Ross finally got a chance to play in preseason Week 1 and made the most of it finishing with 2 receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown on only a few possessions. Ross moves well for a guy his size, as he does not look like a guy who ran a 4.6 40 coming out, which makes sense as he may have run it while injured at the time. He had another solid performance in Arizona with a highlight whip route that had Chiefs’ Twitter (X) going insane. His play may justify Andy Reid keeping 7 receivers as Ross likely would not clear waivers.
The receiver that arguably had the best game in the first week of the preseason was Nikko Remigio. Remigio had multiple impressive catches, his most impressive being a deep ball from Chris Oladokun, where Remigio took a big lick in the back in midair but still made the catch. Remigio finished with 4 catches for 71 yards and was the Chiefs leader in both receptions and yards in the game. Something to keep an eye on – Remigio dislocated his shoulder this past week at practice.
Probably the most overlooked receiver in camp has been Cornell Powell. Powell has been having a really good camp. When I visited camp on July 28th, he had the best practice out of all the receivers. Powell is a strong receiver who runs good routes and rarely drops a pass. Although not the most athletic guy, he has had a consistent camp and had a solid game in New Orleans with 3 catches for 42 yards, while also catching a toe-tap touchdown this week in Arizona. Don’t count him out just yet.
I liked Smith-Marsette as a pickup last year, but he hadn’t had the strongest of camp/preseason… Up until this past game. Smith-Marsette was a man-possessed this week, with 4 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. He showed the ability to be a deep ball threat with 4.4 speed, as well as some physicality and YAC ability on his touchdown catch bouncing off of tackle attempts to take it to the house.
Source – Chiefs.com
Another guy who has had a good camp but hasn’t been talked about, Crawford made his way onto Chiefs fans’ radar with a solid preseason game last week. Crawford created major separation on a slant route and got some YAC, and caught a diving highlight reel touchdown on a great job of extending the play from Shane Buechele.
With another good game in week 3, Crawford may solidify his place on the Chiefs practice squad. *Note – Crawford missed week 2.
Local college (Missouri St.) product Ty Scott is a fun player, with great size at 6-3 202. Scott has shown some solid route running at camp and has made some plays against 1st and 2nd team corners showing some good releases at the line of scrimmage. Being that he is a small school product and has already been cut once this offseason, he likely will not make the 53, but I think he still has a shot to be kept around on the practice squad, especially if any of the above players get claimed on waivers.
Fryfogle hasn’t had a bad camp by any means, as he had some impressive contested catches in my visit to camp on July 28-29, but he has a lot of guys getting more opportunities ahead of him. Fryfogle brings good size at 6’2 205 and is solid at the catch point, but he has an uphill climb as of now.