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3 Chiefs That Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2022 Season

Devon Platana
Three Kansas City Chiefs players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season.
Three Kansas City Chiefs players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season. / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Year after year, NFL fans can count on the Kansas City Chiefs being one of the best teams in the league. They came up short last year with a loss in the AFC Championship Game, but changes over the offseason have the Kansas City faithful feeling optimistic going forward.

Things won't be as easy for the Chiefs now that the AFC West is shaping up to be a bloodbath. They must ensure that they make the right roster choices as training camp approaches if they want to thwart their rivals en route to another Super Bowl appearance.

Here are three Chiefs players that won't be on the roster to begin the 2022 NFL season.

Chiefs Roster Rumors

1. Josh Gordon, WR

Gone are the days when Josh Gordon had elite wide receiver potential. Not even playing with Patrick Mahomes last year helped him turn things around, resulting in five receptions, 32 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets over 12 games. Sure, Tyreek Hill's departure opened up a spot on Kansas City's WR chart, but the team has since filled it with better options than Gordon, such as JuJu-Smith Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore, just to name a few. The 31-year-old's best days are long behind him and no one should be surprised if he's cut at training camp.

2. Austin Reiter, C

It's been a roller coaster ride for Austin Reiter this offseason. The veteran center was actually released by the Chiefs at the beginning of May, only to re-sign with them a few days later. Reiter rose up Kansas City's ranks from 2018 and 2020, earning a special place in the fanbase's heart, but it might be time to part ways... again. Creed Humphrey is a more than capable starter and Darryl Williams is a decent backup. Reiter isn't getting any younger and the fact that he's played for four organizations in as many years shows he has an issue sticking around. Unless he impresses over the summer, it could be time to find a new time again sooner than later.

3. Deandre Baker, CB

Between injuries and off-field issues, Deandre Baker hasn't lived up to the hype that came when the New York Giants drafted him 30th overall in 2019. The Chiefs thought a fresh start would help when they signed him in 2020, but he's barely produced with 21 tackles, two defended passes and a sack in 10 games (two starts). After allowing a 75.0% completion percentage and 111.8 passer rating when targeted 24 times in 2021, it's clear that Baker's time should come to an end. He's still young but hasn't shown that he has what it takes to be an everyday NFL CB and the Chiefs must consider trimming him to improve the defense via addition by subtraction.

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