Chiefs Rookie Stock: Slow Start for 2013 Rookie Class


Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back

Knile Davis

(34) carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City has played two games since the last update of the Chiefs rookies. Sadly, none of the rookies have done much to impress since then. Their time may be coming, however, as injuries begin to pile up and the schedule starts to get a little bit easier.

For now, here is the current standings of Kansas City’s rookies.

1. Knile Davis (Last Week: 2)

Rushing: 10 attempts, 37 yards; Receiving: 1 catch, 5 yards. He also fumbled his one kickoff return against Dallas. It was recovered by Kansas City.

He hasn’t shown the big play ability he showed in preseason, but has hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to break one either. Like with most of this rookie class, expect more production and value in the second half of the season. Especially as injuries start to mount up.

2. Marcus Cooper (Last Week 4)

He hasn’t been amazing or anything, but he has been solid on special teams and in a reserve role. Cooper has one tackle in each game, and has been apart of a special teams unit that has been very solid so far this season.

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle

Eric Fisher

(72) blocks against Dallas Cowboys defensive end

Anthony Spencer

(93) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

3. Eric Fisher (Last Week: 1)

Fisher has not looked good in the two game since Jacksonville. He’s had several penalties, and continues to get blown back on bull-rushing moves. Whether this is a strength issues or a fundamental problem is unknown, but Fisher absolutely has to be better moving forward. Hopefully the extra time off to prepare for the New York Giants gives him enough rest and chances on the practice field to improve.

4. Mike Catapano (Last Week: 3)

He hasn’t done anything since the Jacksonville game, but he is one of the few rookies to have contributed in a game so far this season. It appears he is the primary backup behind Allen Bailey should there be an injury.

5. Nico Johnson (Last Week: 5)

Like Kelce, Johnson hasn’t seen much action because of an injured ankle. But unlike Kelce, Johnson is blocked by Akeem Jordan, who has been playing very good football so far this season. This isn’t a bad thing as it gives Johnson more time to develop as an inside linebacker against the pass. Right now he is more of two-down backer. KC is okay at that position with Johnson as a backup.

6. Travis Kelce (Last Week: 7)

It is hard to make an impact on the team when you’re never on the field. Kelce has been dealing with a knee injury for a month now. Kansas City needs him to be healthy and a contributor to the offense if the Chiefs are going to have the kind of season they are looking for.

7. Tyler Bray (Last Week: 9)

He has yet to be activated for a game this season.

8. Eric Kush (Last Week: 8)

Kush has seen time on the injury report and as a healthy inactive player.

Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback

Scott Tolzien

(3) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Nico Johnson (57) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Francisco won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

9. Josh Martin (Last Week 10)

Martin has not be active for a game yet, but his continued presence on the 53-man roster suggests he may not be far away from seeing the field. He’s also competing with Mike Catapano to be next in line for an active roster spot.

10. Bradley McDougald (Last Week: 6)

McDougald was cut and then added to the practice squad this week. Expect him to be back on the 53-man roster once Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce prove they are healthy.

11. Sanders Commings (Last Week: 11)

He’s still injured, but he is only three weeks away from being eligible to return from the injured reserve list. Kansas City can use all the secondary depth they can get right now.