[Topeka Capital-Journal] There are two kinds of players on the Chiefs roster today.
1. The veteran with no compelling reason to play in tonight’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints. Fans won’t be seeing much of this guy.
2. The guy who wonders if this is his last chance in the NFL — the undrafted free agents, the late-round picks, the underperforming vets.
The Chiefs’ final preseason game at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. is for the second group. While the fourth game is normally a stinker for fans trying to make last-minute fantasy football decisions, NFL coaches making real-life decisions are watching closely.
Kansas City released 14 players on Monday and has to slash another 22 from its roster by Saturday.
“There are going to be some good football players that you are going to have to let go,” Edwards said. “Players have a lot of anxiety right now and, understandably so when it’s tough and you’re down to the final game of the preseason.”
Edwards indicated he would keep five wide receivers, meaning Chris Hannon and Nate Curry — Nos. 6 and 7 on the unofficial depth chart — could be gone.
At defensive tackle, the top five on the depth chart are James Reed, Ron Edwards, Lional Dalton, Ryan Sims and Jimmy Wilkerson. Junior Siavii, the Chiefs top pick (No. 36 overall) in the 2004 draft, is listed as the ninth (last) defensive tackle. He has been injured for almost all of training camp and the preseason. Siavii made 14 tackles in 14 games last season.