Roster cut day is fast approaching as teams have to be down to 53 men by August 31. That means the Chiefs are going to have to let go of 23 players currently on the roster. Here’s what I think the Chiefs will do over the next four days.
The Chiefs did the predictable and correct thing by letting go of Ricky Stanzi and handing the third quarterback spot to Bray. It is obviously clear the tools Bray has to work with are far superior to Stanzi’s. If Bray can develop a better mental approach to the game then the Chiefs will have the steal of the 2013 draft.
It was hard for me to leave Cyrus Gray off the team but I think the Chiefs are going to go with something more reliable. Draughn is more likely to stay healthy and Gray has had issues with injuries his entire career. Given Charles and Davis’ health concerns (and pasts), it may make more sense to stay with Draughn.
Fullback (1): Anthony Sherman
Sherman is the veteran stability who is also good in special teams. Braden Wilson is the draft pick who is an excellent blocker. Toben Opurum has the most upside of the three as both a blocker and a runner. It’ll be interesting to see what the Chiefs do here as Wilson and Opurum should be available for the practice squad.
This is the toughest position to figure out. It would seem Bowe, Avery, Jenkins, and McCluster would be locks for the roster for various reasons. Devon Wylie and Junior Hemingway could each be cut and I would be surprised, especially if a veteran wide receiver is available to the Chiefs after all of the cuts.
Six makes the most sense here given the Chiefs needs in the secondary. (We’ll get there later.) Although Rico Richardson could easily be the seventh receiver kept. Jamar Newsome may also be an option, too.
The long and short of it is the Chiefs could really use an upgrade or two at wide receiver if said upgrade were to become available.
As of this writing, we don’t know the fate of Moeaki. I’m assuming if he hits the injured reserve that he’ll be out for the season. It would seem likely Sanders Commings is the designated person to be eligible to return from the IR. As a result, either Moeaki occupies a roster space but doesn’t play be cause he is hurt or he misses the entire season on the injured reserve.
It would seem the latter is more likely.
Depth is a concern, especially in the middle of the line, but the Chiefs could be in worse shape.
If Lane and Bailey can provide a pass rush of the bench then the Chiefs should be able to patch things together okay for the 2013 season. Still, the Chiefs lack a strong pass rush from the edge of the defensive line.
There is a lot of poundage here. Poe has had a very good camp and preseason. Hopefully that transfers into the regular season. He’s the only guy on the defensive line who can rush the passer on a consistent basis.
There’s not a lot of depth here either, so the need for the Houston and Hali to stay healthy is key. Zombo has shown some pass rushing skills in preseason but he is obviously nowhere near the caliber of player as Hali and Houston.
Oddly, this is somehow one of the deepest parts of the roster for the Chiefs. Jordan and Nico will likely be off the field in nickel situations so the Chiefs can go three deep at middle linebacker and feel pretty decent about it. Diles is good on special teams and brings veteran depth.
This get slim very fast after Flowers, Smith, and Robinson. Commings can’t go on the IR until September 3 which comes after all of the cuts. So Brown will likely stay on the roster as depth until Commings can play.
The Chiefs will have to use their safety depth to help make up for what they don’t have at cornerback. McDougald makes the team for this reason. That and because he probably wouldn’t clear through waivers.
PRACTICE SQUAD CANDIDATES
Miguel Chavis, Mike Catapano, Rico Richardson, Braden Wilson, Neiko Thorpe, Toben Opurum, Josh Martin, Jordan Roberts
Richardson may see more time on the active roster than on the practice squad. Catapano, Chavis, Thorpe, and Martin could end up being the depth the Chiefs are looking for, but probably not until next season.
Opurum could be in that defensive mix if they decided to convert him to linebacker, but he has shown more promise as a fullback in the limited preseason action he has seen.
Roberts provides running back depth and Wilson could replace Sherman if needed.
So what do you think? Anybody left off the 53-man that should be on there?