I wanted to take a quick look at my predictions versus the actual depth chart Beaty put out today.
From the looks of it I did okay, but not great. Let’s take a look…
|Position||My Predictions||Actual Depth Chart|
|Quarterback||Peyton Bender||Peyton Bender|
|Running Back||Kahlil Herbert||Undecided|
|Wide Receiver||Steven Sims Jr.||Steven Sims Jr.|
|Wide Receiver||Daylon Charlot||Kerr Johnson Jr.|
|Wide Receiver||Jeremiah Booker||Jeremiah Booker|
|Tight End||Mavin Saunders||Mavin Saunders|
|Left Tackle||Hakeem Adeniji||Hakeem Adeniji|
|Left Guard||Andru Tovi||Andru Tovi or Malik Clark|
|Center||Alex Fontana||Alex Fontana|
|Right Guard||Chris Hughes||Dwayne Wallace or Chris Hughes|
|Right Tackle||Antione Frazier||Kevin Feder or Clyde McCauley|
|Defensive End||Azur Kamara||KeShaun Simmons|
|Defensive End||Najee Stevens-Mackenzie||Brian Lipscomb|
|Defensive Tackle||Daniel Wise||Daniel Wise|
|Defensive Tackle||JJ Holmes||JJ Holmes|
|Linebacker||Joe Dineen||Joe Dineen|
|Linebacker||Kyron Johnson||Keith Loneker Jr.|
|Nickelback||Bryce Torneden||Bryce Torneden|
|Cornerback||Elijah Jones||Shakial Taylor|
|Cornerback||Hasan Defense||Hasan Defense|
|Safety||Mike Lee||Mike Lee|
|Safety||Emmanuel Moore||Tyrone Miller Jr.|
Overall this seems expected, other than the biggest surprise for me being the defensive ends. I really thought Azur Kamara and Najee Stevens-Mackenzie were going to be the guys. I did hear they’ve been battling some injuries so that could be the issue. But Brian Lipscomb is definitely surprising to see at that spot. Would have expected Darius Moragne or even Willie McCaleb at one of the DE starting spots. Either way, good for him.
Also, I know not many people wanted Peyton Bender at QB, but I did predict it and I’m not surprised by it. In one of my earlier posts I made the point that if Beaty plans to run the ball a lot it makes sense to have a QB in there that will keep the defense honest and keep them from stacking the box. In order for that to work, though, the offensive line will have to improve. At this point that remains to be seen.
Something not shown on this depth chart is the fact that Beaty mentioned Miles Kendrick will play every game. They even have an offense designed specifically for Kendrick according to Jayhawk Slant.
— JayhawkSlant (@JayhawkSlant) August 28, 2018
Obviously this didn’t sit well with fans, and I don’t blame them. Not many teams succeed with two QB’s and running two offenses. My suggestion is to stick with one QB and one offense so the staff can at least master that. The only person Beaty will outsmart by doing this is himself. But, having said that, I do hope it works out for him. Time will eventually tell.
Anyways, let’s take a look at some fans reactions to the depth chart and Beaty’s comment on Miles Kendrick to close things out.
— Mic (@micjohnson) August 28, 2018
He’s gonna trot Kendrick out their to run the wildcat isn’t he? pic.twitter.com/AAn5UGpbFY
— Patrick Moore (@psaymoore) August 28, 2018
— Jeremy Weller (@jeremyweller) August 28, 2018
— Jackson Schneider (@JBane87) August 28, 2018