The Chiefs cut their roster down to seventy-five players yesterday (65 players + 10 NFL Europe exemptions) – that was the easy part. Now the Chiefs have the really tough decisions to make in shedding the final twenty-two players to reach the fifty-three man roster by Sunday.
Warpath is here to aid coach Vermeil and help him make the tough decisions. Many of you will likely disagree, we encourage that and hope to hear about it in the Huddle Forum. Here then is a look at the roster position by position and what the Chiefs should look like on opening day.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3):
Kicker (1) – Lawrence Tynes
Vermeil will not hesitate to bring in another kicker if Tynes’ continues to struggle.
Punter (1) – Dustin Colquitt
I see many Pro Bowl appearances in this guy’s future.
Long Snapper (1) – Kendall Gammon
It’s a shame the Chiefs have to use a roster spot on someone just to long snap, but he is one of the best in the league.
Quarterback (3) – Trent Green, Todd Collins, Jonathan Quinn
Damon Huard still hasn’t been cleared to play after suffering a concussion against Arizona. Look for him to be placed on the PUP list or released while rookie James Kilian is a good candidate for the practice squad.
Running Back (5) – Priest Holmes, Tony Richardson, Larry Johnson, Ronnie Cruz, McKenzi Smith
Smith edges out Dee Brown for the final running back spot.
Wide Receiver (6) – Eddie Kennison, Samie Parker, Dante Hall, Chris Horn, Marc Boerigter, Freddie Mitchell
Mitchell will make the team if he has a good showing in St. Louis on Friday night. I expect the Chiefs to give him plenty of chances to show what he can do in that game.
Tight End (3) – Tony Gonzalez, Jason Dunn, Kris Wilson
No surprises here. Possibly the best trio of tight ends in the league.
Offensive Line (9) – Willie Roaf, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, Will Shields, Kevin Sampson, Jordan Black, John Welbourn, Chris Bober, Brett Williams
The offensive line is a tough call this year. The starting five is a no-brainer, but the fact that they’ve all suffered from nagging injuries this preseason has opened up the competition for the final four spots. Black and Bober make the team because they can play multiple positions.
Defensive Line (8) – Eric Hicks, Ryan Sims, Lional Dalton, Jimmy Wilkerson, Junior Siavii, John Browning, Jared Allen, Carlos Hall
The defensive line has a number of tough calls. The first decision is if the team goes with eight or nine deep along the line. Then the battle for the final spot will be tough. Carlos Hall had shown flashes when healthy this preseason and the Chiefs definitely need someone who can pressure the quarterback. Look for the Chiefs to place one or two defensive lineman on the practice squad.
Linebacker (7) – Derrick Johnson, Kawika Mitchell, Kendrell Bell, Scott Fujita, Rich Scanlon, Keyaron Fox, Gary Stills
This is without question where the Chiefs have the toughest decisions to make. Some very good linebackers will not make this team. Stills will claim the final spot because of his play on special teams, but look for both Grigsby and Griffin to be placed on the practice squad.
Safety (4) – Sammy Knight, Greg Wesley, William Bartee, Jerome Woods
No surprises here. Bartee has looked very good with the move to safety this preseason.
Cornerback (5) – Patrick Surtain, Dexter McCleon, Eric Warfield, Benny Sapp, Ashley Ambrose
Ambrose edges out Washington for the final cornerback spot. Hodge will likely land on the practice squad.
PRACTICE SQUAD (8):
QB – James Kilian
DE – Clint Mitchell
DT – Montique Sharpe
LB – Boomer Grigsby
LB – Kris Griffin
CB – Alphonso Hodge
WR – Craphonso Thorpe
T – Will Svitek
There you go coach, glad we could be of service. Good luck with the cuts.