The Chiefs finished roster cuts Tuesday afternoon when they released K Todd Carter and placed OT Ryan O'Callaghan on the Injured Reserve list---ending his season.
The release of Carter was expected with the Chiefs being happy with incumbent kicker Ryan Succop but O'Callaghan comes as a surprise. With the Chiefs already a bit weak at the tackle position this comes as a major blow. O'Callaghan was once a starter for the Chiefs and was a reliable and much needed backup.
The now vacant backup right tackle spot will likely be filled by Butch Lewis, David Mims, or Chris Harr. Given that all these players are undrafted rookies, look for the Chiefs to add some offensive line help after teams make their final cuts next week.
Those that were cut on Monday included RB Tervaris Johnson, DB Javes Lewis, WR Chris Manno, WR Josue Paul, DB Mario Russell, WR Chandler Williams, and LB Eric Bakhtiari were the first of 9 necessary cuts before Tuesday. None of the names on the list will send shockwaves to Chiefs fans.
With their current roster at 82 players, the team must cut two more players before Tuesday.
The Chiefs brought in a relatively high number of Undrafted Rookie Free Agents to fill the vacant spots of the veterans who were unable to attend the first week of camp due to the labor dispute.
With so much emphasis by Head Coach Todd Haley in regards to conditioning and getting regular for the season opener, this undrafted free agent class faced an uphill climb to make the final 53 man roster. With experience being at a premium, I have my money on more of the young guys to be cut.
So which Chiefs players might be next on the block?
It's hard to make a prediction at this point but looking at the back end of the depth charts is a good place to start narrowing down the candidates.
The Chiefs have a lot of inexperience at the linebacker position outside of the notable names but guys like Micah Johnson and Amara Kamara need to impress today at practice. If they get more time, then their performance against the Green Bay Packers could forced the Chiefs to place one of them on the final roster.
Kansas City has a significant amount of depth at wide receiver and defensive backs with most spots being already locked up. Sabby Piscitelli, Demond Washington, Keary Colbert, and Zeke Markshouasen are names that I wouldn't be surprised to see on the open market come Wednesday morning.
But if the Chiefs are on the fence about one of those positions and would like to see some of them play Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, they could cut back-up kicker, Todd Carter. He's not going to beat out incumbent, Ryan Succop for a starting job this season.
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