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KC Chiefs: 6 young stars we want to see crack 53-man roster

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 29: Jody Fortson #1 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 29: Jody Fortson #1 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Cornerback Thakarius Keyes #26 of the KC Chiefs (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Cornerback Thakarius Keyes #26 of the KC Chiefs (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /

4. BoPete Keyes, CB

BoPete Keyes is another player whose roster spot appears to be pretty safe. He is benefitting from a seemingly weak position group and a suspension to one of the positions starters, so despite not making much of a splash in training camp, he will probably still make the roster.

Keyes doesn’t appear to be quite ready to be impactful right away, but is a big bodied, long armed corner with tremendous potential. Even if he makes the roster, he may not get a lot of playing time in year one and the Chiefs may still decide to sign a veteran with more hope of playing time.

No matter what happens with Keyes this season, he is definitely a player to be excited about.

3. Jody Fortson, WR

Jody Fortson is personally one of my favorites even though he hasn’t even recorded a single reception in a Chiefs uniform. He is just one of those guys that you love to root for. He has the physical tools to be a matchup nightmare in the NFL, standing at 6’6″ and 230 pounds.

Depite the physical gifts and the noteworthy training camp, he still faces a steep hill to climb to make the roster. He is likely battling for one spot with Gehrig Dieter and Marcus Kemp, who both bring considerably more to the table on special teams and this is typically very important for a sixth wide receiver.

Fortson will have to hope that his receiving upside is enough of a difference maker to keep him on the active roster despite not being as much of an impactful special teams player. Fortson may find himself in line for a big role on offense next season, so the experience from spending this season on the active roster, even with limited work, could come in very handy next season, as big changes in the wide receiver room may be on the horizon.