After the Kansas City Chiefs made their final roster moves official at 3:00 central time on Saturday, I’m sure a few of them are still wondering if they’ll be on the team come Sunday night. A year ago General Manager, John Dorsey, made a plethora of moves that yielded seven players who had an impact on the 2013 roster.
So will he do it again?
Chances are based on the players that came available on Saturday afternoon around the NFL Dorsey could find some key players that could even exceed the batch he brought in a year ago at this time.
At hand first though, he had to sift through his own roster. Though none of the cuts were all that surprising outside of Kicker Ryan Succop and last years fourth round pick, Nico Johnson, Dorsey has left his options open for adding more players in short order. For Succop, the Chiefs primarily made the move for financial reasons. As far as Johnson, he never lived up to his abilities but neither cut are going to shake the fortunes of the roster this season.
With Succop out of the picture, Kicker Cairo Santos, has one the only real training camp battle that wasn’t settled until after the final pre-season game. The former Tulane standout has a strong leg and offers the Chiefs some modest cap space to acquire a veteran or two in the next 24 hours.
Of the 17 players cut by Kansas City, most of them had little chance to crack the Chiefs roster but you could see a few of them added to KC’s practice squad on Sunday. The biggest news in the cut down was back-up Quarterback, Tyler Bray, being placed on injured reserve along with wide receiver, Kyle Williams.
Bray had a so-so month of August but the Chiefs were fortunate he developed a pair of injuries in their exhibition finale against the Green Bay Packers. That means the Chiefs will carry just three quarterbacks to begin the season, Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and rookie, Aaron Murray.
The Chiefs made three other moves on Saturday. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and Tackle, Donald Stephenson, went on the Reserve-suspended list while defensive End, Mike Catapano, was placed on the Non-Injury list.
What lies ahead is anyone’s guess but it’s safe to assume that Dorsey is working the phones trying to upgrade his roster. A year ago he did a great job adding parts and pieces that blended to produce a 11-5 record.
If he wants to get back to that mark this season, he’s going to have to add both potential starters and depth in the next 48 hours.
Photos: (1) Ryan Succop Jeremy Brevard USA Today Sports (2) Nico Johnson Denny Medley USA Today Sports
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