Saturday was NFL cut down day, as all 32 NFL teams must have their roster trimmed down to 53. To do so, the Chiefs had to release 17 players.
This is an important time of the year because there will always be some surprising cuts from all over the league, and it provides an essential window for all 32 teams to get a chance to really improve their teams by making trades, claiming players on the waiver wire, or signing players to their practice squads.
Quarterback: 1) Alex Smith 2) Chase Daniel 3) Aaron Murray
No surprises here as these were the only three in camp.
Running Back: 1) Jamaal Charles 2) Knile Davis 3) Charcandrick West
Cut: Darrin Reaves
Reaves was a guy who played hard, gave a ton of effort but was just on the wrong team with way too much depth at the running back position, and he did not even make the practice squad which was a huge surprise to me.
Fullback: Anthony Sherman
Cut: Spencer Ware (Added to Practice Squad)
Tight End: 1) Travis Kelce 2) James O’Shaugnessy 3) Demetrius Harris 4) Brian Parker
Cut: Ryan Taylor
Injured Reserve: Richard Gordon
Harris just returned from the PUP list and beat out Taylor for the third TE spot. The Chiefs like him a lot, but he is still just a project as he continues his transition from the basketball court.
Parker, an undrafted rookie free agent, was with the San Diego Chargers this preseason and was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs on Sunday. With Harris just returning, this was a move that needed to be made because of the release of Taylor and the placement of Richard Gordon on injured reserve. But, I have to question this signing because Parker only had one catch for 14 yards this preseason and there were other, more experienced tight ends on the waiver wire and free agent market that could’ve made a bigger impact on the field than the inexperienced rookie. This goes to show that Dorsey, Reid and company are confident in their young guns at the tight end spot such as Kelce and O’Shaughnessy.
In addition, the team claimed Ross Travis, and added him to the 10-man Practice Squad.
Wide Receiver Tier 1: 1) Jeremy Maclin 2) Jason Avant 3) Chris Conley
A bit of a surprise here is Jason Avant in the top tier of receivers. It was expected that he would be behind the rookie Conley and second-year man Albert Wilson.
Wide Receiver Tier 2: 1) Albert Wilson 2) De’Anthony Thomas 3) Frankie Hammond Jr.
See above in regard to Wilson.
Cut: Fred Williams, Da’Ron Brown, Tello Luckett
My man Fred Williams; I am pleased we were able to keep him on the team (Practice Squad) because you can never have too many talented receivers on your team. But, he deserved to make the team, leading the team in receiving TD catches (3). Brown, a seventh round pick out of Northern Illinois, simply didn’t do enough to make the roster. If Williams couldn’t make it, he stood no chance. He joins Williams on the Practice Squad.
Left Tackle: 1) Donald Stephenson 2) Jah Reid 3) Eric Fisher
Left Guard: 1) Ben Grubbs 2) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Center: 1) Mitch Morse 2) Zach Fulton
Right Guard: 1) Jeff Allen 2) Zach Fulton
Right Tackle: 1) Eric Fisher 2) Jah Reid 3) Donald Stephenson
Cut: T Dered Sherrod, C Daniel Munyer, C Eric Kush, G Jarrod Pughsley, C Garrett Frye
Added: Jah Reid (off waivers), T Laurence Gibson (to Practice Squad)
Placed on IR: Paul Fanaika
Kush was someone you would imagine they would keep as a depth guy but went ahead and went with Fulton, and LDT as the depth players. But, one had to wonder about his roster spot when the Chiefs reached for Morse in the second round and it was announced shortly thereafter that he would get a shot at center. Kush was picked up off waivers by Tampa Bay.
Reid is an interesting addition because he is a 4-year veteran who has seen himself in some off the field trouble being arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery occurring due to an altercation at a Florida strip club back in March. Reid is a good player though, and I think he could contribute to the team as a safety option at either tackle spots.
The Chiefs made a big move Monday afternoon, announcing that Eric Fisher will be moving to right tackle and Donald Stephenson will move over to the left side. This is huge news because of the constant struggles and criticism of Fisher’s play at the left tackle spot over the last couple years. The idea of switching Fisher to the right side has been flirted with recently and the team finally decided to pull the trigger. Fisher, the former No. 1 draft pick, played on the right side as a rookie and progressed as the season went along proving to be a plus-run blocker. It will be interesting to see how things go this week in preparation for Week 1 in Houston, as Fisher will match up with arguably the NFL’s best defensive player in JJ Watt. Interesting timing to make this move because Fisher has been known to struggle against bigger and better competition in the trenches.
Added to Practice Squad: C Daniel Munyer, G Jarrod Pughsley
Left Defensive End: 1) Mike DeVito 2) Jaye Howard 3) Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Nose Tackle: 1) Dontari Poe 2) Jaye Howard 3) Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Right Defensive End: 1) Allen Bailey 2) Nick Williams 3) Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Cuts: DE Mike Catapano, DT Habron Fangupo, DL Donald Irving
Poe returned to practice this week after missing all Preseason following back surgery, but he could start in Sunday’s opener at Texas.
Catapano was a huge surprise. He told reporters during the team’s mini-camp that he was the “leanest and meanest” he has ever been, which gave us fans hope and excitement to see if he could show us his true potential this year. Clearly the team’s coaches felt otherwise and knew something we did not.
Added to Practice Squad: DT Habron Fangupo, DL Donald Irving
Left Outside Linebacker: 1) Justin Houston 2) Frank Zombo 3) Josh Martin
Left Inside Linebacker 1) Josh Mauga 2) Ramik Wilson
Right Inside Linebacker: 1) Derrick Johnson 2) DJ Alexander
Right Outside Linebacker: 1) Tamba Hali 2) Dee Ford 3) Josh Martin
Cut: LB Ja’Gared Davis, James-Michael Johnson
JMJ was one of the players who was a fringe player when predicting the Chiefs final roster, and in order to make the team, he would have had to make plays on special teams, which didn’t happen. He was also picked up off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Martin was released, then resigned when Fanika was placed on season-ending IR. He will make his impact on special teams.
Left Cornerback: 1) Phillip Gaines 2) Jamell Fleming 3) Marcus Cooper
Right Cornerback: 1) *Sean Smith 2) Marcus Peters 3) Steven Nelson
Strong Safety: 1) Ron Parker 2) Tyvon Branch
Free Safety: 1) Hussain Abdullah 2) Eric Berry 3) Daniel Sorenson
Even seeing Eric Berry on the depth chart is amazing. He defeated cancer, and at some point this season, he’ll win a game for the Chiefs. As of now, he’s No. 2 on the depth chart. A tad disappointing seeing Nelson as the third teamer at both corner spots, although he could see more playing-time while Smith sits out during his 3-game DUI suspension.
Cut: S Sanders Commings, Kevin Short, Deji Olatoye
Traded: S Kelcie SMcCray (to Seattle, for 5th Round Draft Pick)
Commings spent his first two seasons as a Chief on IR and the team finally gave up on him. The trade of McCray to Seattle was an under the radar move for the Chiefs. The team had six safeties going into the regular season and there was no need for that many on the roster, so they basically stole a 5th round pick from the Seahawks by giving up McCray who was only a special teams player who did not make an enormous impact for the team. Adding another draft pick for Dorsey is important because we know the kind of gems Dorsey finds in the middle rounds of the draft.
Punter: Dustin Colquitt
Kicker: Cairo Santos
Long snapper: James Winchester
Punt Returner: 1) De’Anthony Thomas 2) Jeremy Maclin 3) Frankie Hammond Jr.
Kick Returner: 1) Knile Davis 2) Chris Conley 3) Frankie Hammond Jr.
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