Pre-Camp Reads: Looking at the Specialists

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a closer look at players on the Chiefs roster

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**The Kansas City Chiefs specialists are made up of the trio of longtime Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, third-year kicker Cairo Santos and fourth-year long snapper James Winchester.

Colquitt shares the title of longest-tenured Chiefs player with linebacker Derrick Johnson, as both players were selected by Kansas City in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Both Santos (2014) and Winchester (2013) began their careers as undrafted free agents, Santos with the Chiefs and Winchester with the Philadelphia Eagles. Winchester signed with the Chiefs in March 2015 after having no team for the duration of the 2014 season.

SEASON REVIEW

Colquitt had another outstanding season in 2015. Out of his 75 punts, Colquitt landed 37 within the 20-yard line (49 percent), a mark good for third in the league. During the duration of Colquitt's career (2005-2015), he has landed 353 punts inside the 20-yard line, the most of any punter during that span. 

Santos had another good season in 2016, going 30 for 37 for field goals, which included making 4 of 8 kicks from the 50-yard line or beyond. With the new extra point distance of 33 yards in play, Santos made 39 of 41, or 95.1 percent of kicks. Santos' kickoff touchback percentage saw a drastic increase in 2015, going from 32.9 percent in 2014 to 45.5 percent.

Santos had the best game of his career against the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 4 of 2015. Santos was a perfect 7 for 7 in field goal attempts, setting a single-game franchise record in the team's 36-21 loss.

HOW THEY FIT

Currently, Colquitt, Santos and Winchester are the only specialists on the roster. They will look to keep up the consistency they have shown in recent seasons as the Chiefs attempt to take the next step in 2016.

Chiefs Specialists

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

41

Winchester, James

LS

6-3

240

26

2

Oklahoma

2

Colquitt, Dustin

P

6'3

210

34

12

Tennessee

5

Santos, Cairo

K

5-8

160

24

3

Tulane

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