Chiefs acquire Cam Erving, position battles conclude against Titans

There will be plenty to watch Thursday night as the Kansas City Chiefs meet the Titans for the final preseason game of 2017.

New Kansas City General Manager Brett Veach remains very active this week in the lead-up to the conclusion of the preseason. Veach traded for both inside linebacker Reggie Ragland as well as offensive lineman Cameron Erving since the team last took the field in Seattle. Neither Ragland nor Erving expect to see any playing time, however, in the finale against Tennessee.

Despite not seeing the two newest acquisitions, there are several positions that have jobs on the line for game 4 against the Titans.

Chiefs Roster spots on the line
(Photo courtesy Chiefs PR,
(Photo courtesy Chiefs PR,

The rotation at left guard, in particular, remains of interest. Bryan Witzmann likely rests with the other starters. Two other candidates for left guard,  Zach Fulton and Parker Ehinger, also may not play against Tennessee. Whether Ehinger gets on the field during the preseason should give a clue where his recovery progress stands heading into the season opener against the New England Patriots.

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Likewise a fearsome competition in making the 53-man roster continues among the inside linebackers. Kevin Pierre-Louis and Marcus Eligwe should lead the charge for this position group against Tennessee. Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson appear locked in as starters for now and newly acquired Reggie Ragland stands assured of a roster spot as well. Neither Eligwe or Ragland would make it through waivers to land on the practice squad.

Watch for splashy plays from Justin March-Lillard in his bid to make the roster or impress scouts around the league. The trade for Ragland seems to force March-Lillard as the odd man out in the fight for the opening roster. Big plays both on defense and special teams, however may help him land a position with another club if he hits the waiver wire.