Quarterback Chase Litton has been very impressive since coming out of Marshall. This is especially true considering that he was an undrafted free agent pickup for the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne are locked in as the starting and backup quarterback respectively for this team. However, Litton has an opportunity to steal the third-string quarterback spot away from veteran Matt McGloin.
His College Career
Litton spent three seasons at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He performed very well in each of his seasons there. He threw for 8355 yards and 72 touchdowns during his college tenure.
Litton dominated Conference USA while at Marshall. That was one of the negatives though. It was Conference USA and not a power five conference. There is nothing he can do about that though. He did what he could against the competition he played. Litton showed off his arm talent which was enough to interest the Chiefs in signing him.
Throws like this are why Litton felt he was ready for the NFL. He might not have all the smarts that some backups do but he sure has the arm talent to make a roster.
Litton declaring for the draft was a bit surprising though as he was projected to go undrafted by most scouts, which did end up happening. He felt he showed all he could in college and was ready to go pro.
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Why He Should Make The Roster
Chase Litton would be signed to the practice squad if he doesn’t make the active roster but here’s why that shouldn’t be the route for him. He should make the active 53 man roster.
Litton looked really good in his first preseason game. He didn’t play in week two but I wouldn’t look into that too much. If he doesn’t play this week and McGloin does then that could be a key sign as to what the Chiefs are thinking.
Litton made some plays in that first game though. He almost led the Chiefs on a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter. Litton led a long drive all the way down the field which included several third-down conversions. His pocket presence was better than it seemed to be in college. Unfortunately, he just overthrew a potential touchdown pass to A.J. Ellis on fourth down.
On the positive side, this pass to Byron Pringle was fantastic. It was right on the money for Pringle to bring it in. Litton needs to prove that he can make those kinds of throws often if he wants to make this team.
Litton is a very talented kid. The Chiefs could decide to keep the older, more experienced quarterback to be there third-string. McGloin might be better next year but Litton’s potential is much higher than McGloin’s. If the Chiefs need meaningful snaps out of any of these guys it probably won’t matter anyway.
The Chiefs already have a respected backup in Chad Henne. They should keep the youngster Chase Litton to be the 3rd quarterback. Thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the rest of the content on Full Press Coverage.