Matt Cassel, Any Veteran, Ricky Stanzi – I've seen all I need of Tyler Palko. The kid isn't a major league starting quarterback. The Chiefs are thin at quarterback and there's talk that Kansas City had inquired about Alex Smith from the 49ers but he was named the teams starter on Friday morning.
Offensive Line: (8)
Brandon Albert, Jon Asamoah, Ryan Lilja, Rodney Hudson, Casey Wiegmann, David Mims, Barry Richardson, Jared Gaither – I'm on the fence about Lewis and this is an area that I expect the Chiefs to add a player or even two once the cuts go down. Not sure what's up with Lilja so I would not be shocked to see him cut. Gaither needs to start of KC or this offensive line is in trouble.
Wide Receiver: (6)
Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, Keary Colbert, Jon Baldwin, Verran Tucker, Jerheme Urban - It appears to me after another dropping two more passes that Todd Haley can't afford to keep Terrance Copper on the roster - great special teams player but hands of stone. Still though you have to wonder of Pioli will make another run at Randy Moss. Baldwin could be back by the opener but will he play?
Running Back/Fullback: (4)
Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster, LeRon McClain – The Chiefs are going to have to ride the wave with these four all season long. Though I think it's a big mistake to carry Jones on the roster this season moreso for the stink still left over for his locker room fight with Baldwin, there may not be another option for the Chiefs to back-up Charles. Speaking of Sir Charles he was down right awful in the preseason and the fumbles are a concern. I'd like the Chiefs to keep Shane Bannon but there isn't room.
Tight End: (3)
Tony Moeaki, Leonard Pope, Anthony Becht - Not much to write about in this group. Though Moeaki was banged up in Thursday's preseason loss at Green Bay, he showed flashes that he's the type of player that can impact this offense as he did a year ago. Pope is still a productive player and Becht offers Kansas City some insurance. It appears that Cody Slate is the odd man out here.
Defensive Line: (7)
Allen Bailey, Glenn Dosey, Wallace Gillberry, Amon Gordon, Kelly Craig, Tyson Jackson, Jerrel Powe – The Chiefs are thin at this position to say the least. And this group might see a shocker cut. If that's the case, it might be high time that the Chiefs look toward the future. To me, Bailey and the unheralded Gordon are the future.
Jovan Belcher, Cory Greenwood, Cameron Sheffield, Tamba Hali, Andy Studebaker, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams – Nothing shocking out of this group at all. I think the Chiefs will place Gabe Miller on injured reserve thus shutting down his rookie season. To me this unit is the key to the Chiefs defense. If the defensive line can step up, then these eight will impact the team the most.
Defensive Back: (6)
Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown, Travis Daniels, Javier Arenas, Quentin Lawrence – It's imperative that Flowers and Carr play at an All Pro level this season. The back-ups are decent with Arenas and Brown. And Lawrence to me deserves some playing time and a roster spot, but don't be shocked if Kansas City adds a veteran cornerback before Sunday.
Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Sabby Piscitelli, Jon McGraw – Again not much you can cay about this group. Though I like Reshard Langford, I can't see the team parting with McGraw. They need his veteran leadership. But then again if the youth movement is going to move ahead, then Langford would be a better choice than the aging McGraw.
Special Teams: (3)
Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succup, Thomas Gafford – The three amigos will be the force of the Chiefs special teams in 2011.
Summary: - Right now the Chiefs roster sits at 52 players because I expect them to scour the waiver wire to add some depth to decrease their risk in areas of need like offensive and defensive line.
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