Turk Cometh (Part 1)

Thanks to 11 roster exemptions because of allocated players to NFL Europe the Chiefs trimmed their roster down to 76.

No major surprises in todays roster cuts except back-up center Jonathan Ingram. Ingram was once considered a possible back-up for Casey Wiegmann but he never fulfilled the Chiefs expectations.

Other notable cuts include kicker Jose Cortez. Cortez was being considered to handle the kick-off duties for Morten Andersen but the Chiefs feel that punter Jason Baker can get the job done.

Cortez has a great foot but he's been inaccurate at times in his career with stints in San Francisco and Washington last season.

Quarterback Scott Covington was also cut and it appears his cup of coffee in the NFL could be forever gone. He failed to make the clip board squad in stints at St. Louis, Cincinnati and Kansas City.

Safety Henry Baker was released along with Cornerback Willie Ford. Ford was unable to make any impression on the Chiefs coaching staff after being on the practice squad in Oakland and Tennessee.

Tight End Mike Pinkard from San Diego State was cut as well as Wide Receiver Wilson Thomas from Nebraska. The cornhuskers are not known for grooming wide receivers and the Chiefs signed Thomas in the off-season to fill out the roster.

Local Kansas City product and former SM West graduate Henri Childs also failed to make the roster. Childs signed with Kansas University before transferring to Colorado State. Childs was one of the top recruits under then head coach Terry Allen, but Childs was not happy with his playing time so he transferred out of the program.

The Chiefs will have to cut another 23 players by 4:00 Sunday afternoon. That's when the league mandates opening day rosters. Next Monday, the Chiefs will also be allowed to sign five practice squad players.

Kansas City still has major decisions to make in regards to their back up positions. Depth at running back, wide receiver and offensive line might be answered after Thursday Night's game against the Rams.

On defense, the Chiefs need to shore up depth at cornerback; they need another safety behind the starters and at linebacker where no one other than Monty Biesel and rookie Kawika Mitchell has looked impressive. The Chiefs defensive line is solid and the back-ups are already set.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated.com on Sunday for the final roster cuts and Monday's practice squad signees.

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