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Chiefs Cuts Include Mike Catapano

Saturday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs manipulated their roster and fell in line with the rest of the National Football League by announcing their 53-man opening day roster. In doing so, they traded away a back up safety and cut a promising young defensive end.

For those bubble players still on the Kansas City Chiefs roster, they need to be reminded three years ago General Manager, John Dorsey added seven players and broke the hearts of some roster hopefuls who were exhilarated to make the team one day to lose it the next. It’s a clear reminder this is a cruel business.

If you break down the final roster set forth on Saturday, the Chiefs have 10 linebackers and 10 secondary players compiling their 26 man defensive team. Now I’m not a very good mathematician but that’s way too many for both units. If the team makes a few additional moves to balance out their shortcomings on this roster, I suspect future cuts will come from one or both of these groups.

Still the Chiefs did make a couple of moves that were both gratifying and shocking. First, the down side of the cuts was the release of Princeton Defensive End, Mike Catapano. He looked great this pre-season so I’m not sure what the reason Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton failed to put up a fight to retain him.

The most pleasant move of the afternoon saw the Chiefs ship back-up safety, Kelcie McCray to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2016 5th round pick. In my view, Dorsey gets a big fat thumbs up for playing into the fact the Seahawks are very weak at the safety position.

With the roster set today, I don’t think the Chiefs are done making moves, and no I’m not talking about their practice squad, which will be announced on Sunday. I suspect Dorsey might use that extra pick from Seattle to shore up his offensive line. There are several teams, most notably the Dallas Cowboys, that have a surplus that could help the Chiefs

Either way the bottom third of this roster shouldn’t feel comfortable just yet. Dorsey and Reid have done a remarkable job gutting and rebuilding this entire roster in three fruitful off-seasons. Now they have a legitimate shot to rise above the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.

However, they can’t rest their laurels on the current roster. Some very good football players hit the street Saturday afternoon and the Chiefs would be wise to bring them to Kansas City on Sunday.

Because you can never have enough good football players and the Chiefs are very close to opening the best roster they’ve had since their glory years when Hank Stram was running the show in Kansas City.

Waived/Released

DE Mike Catapano (Princeton)

WR Da'Ron Brown (Northern Illinois)

S Sanders Commings (Georgia)

LB Ja’Gared Davis (SMU)                       

DT Hebron Fangupo (BYU)

C Garrett Frye (Georgia Southern)     

DL David Irving (Iowa State)               

LB James-Michael Johnson (Nevada)                   

C Eric Kush (California Pa.)         

WR Tello Luckett  (Harding)

C Daniel Munyer  (Colorado)                 

DB Deji Olatoye  (North Carolina A&T)  

RB Darrin Reaves (UAB)

DB Kevin Short (Fort Scott CC)          

T Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State)     

TE Ryan Taylor (North Carolina)          

FB Spencer Ware (LSU)                        

WR Fred Williams (St. Cloud State)                     

RESERVE/INJURED

TE Richard Gordon (Miami Fla.)             

TRADED TO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FOR 5th ROUND DRAFT PICK

S Kelcie McCray (Arkansas State)

RESERVE/SUSPENDED

CB Sean Smith (Utah)                        


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