Kansas City Chiefs: First Wave Of Final Cuts Surprise Some Fans

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /

Aaron Murray – QB – 3rd Season

Many Kansas City Chiefs fans were excited when Aaron Murray was selected by the team in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  However, it is not a stretch to say that Murray never lived up to expectations.  The third year quarterback still had a healthy following of fans though, and many had been holding out hope he would make the roster this year.  That was not to be though, as the Chiefs decided to part ways.

Honestly, I have been calling this since last season.  The simple truth is that Aaron Murray never showed the ability to move up the quarterback depth chart.  Murray was consistently listed behind Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray, as well as the recently added Nick Foles.  At some point, it was clear the Chiefs were going to give up on him.

Aaron Murray should go down as a prime example of the struggles that shorter quarterbacks face in the NFL.  When Murray was drafted, his supporters immediately likened him to Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.  However, what we saw from Murray was exactly what worries scouts and coaches about short quarterbacks.  Murray consistently missed windows and left his passes high.  Those are two things that many short quarterbacks struggle with.

Another team will likely take a chance on Murray through the waiver wire.  That’s no surprise, I mean the Jaguars picked up Ricky Stanzi after all.  However, I don’t have much faith that Murray will ever be able to overcome his limitations.  He should do well in the CFL or arena leagues.

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