Chiefs rolling the dice with inexperienced backup QBs

AP

Matt Cassel’s strong 2010 campaign has him firmly ensconced as the Chiefs franchise quarterback.  The drop from Cassel to the next best quarterback on the roster is a steep one.

Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi are the next two quarterbacks on the depth chart.  Palko has been cut by three NFL teams and has thrown six NFL passes.  Stanzi was a fifth-round pick this year.

It’s possible the Chiefs could pick up a veteran.  Former Chiefs backup Brodie Croyle is one player still out there.

“We have to continue to monitor, pay attention to who’s available, pay attention to how our guys are developing because they are young developing players,” coach Todd Haley said via the Kansas City Star. “I know they’re both making progress.”

The quarterback situation isn’t the only notable part of the initial depth chart. Jerheme Urban remains the team’s No. 2 receiver.  He continues to run as a starter with first-round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin limited by a sore hamstring.  Offseason pickup Steve Breaston looks locked into the No. 3 receiver role.

At running back Thomas Jones continues to be listed as the “starter” over Jamaal Charles, although Charles is expected to get a bigger share of the workload this year.