The Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the NFL teams had to cut their rosters down to 53 on Sunday. The Chiefs made a few surprises on cut down day as they axed wide receiver, Marvin ‘Snoop' Minnis and linebacker Quinton Caver.
The cut of Minnis was a surprise especially after his play in the last two exhibition games. This means that former Arena League star Chris Horn will take over the 5th wide out slot. Minnis is a great north and south receiver but Horn has more ability to catch the ball over the middle and run after the catch. Minnis was often injured but he won't be out of a job for long.
Other cuts on offense were Tackle Jason Anderson, Darnell Alford and Aaron Crittendon, wide receivers Curtis Jackson, Kirk Rogers and LaShaun Ward, running back Jarmar Julien, quarterback David Priestley, back-up center David Lynch and tight end Dwayne Blakley.
The only real surprise amongst this group was Darnell Alford. He never stepped up after being drafted out of Boston College. The Chiefs felt he had the tools to be an effective back up lineman but never made the adjustment from college standout. Julien had a tremendous off-season but Derrick Blaylock and rookie Larry Johnson out ran him in the exhibition season.
On defense, the Chiefs cut former starter Derrick Ransom, defensive ends Jared Tomich, Daniel Benetka, T.J. Bingham and Michael Landry. Linebackers, Quinton Caver, Tony Newson and Dustin Cohen were all cut. In the defensive backfield the Chiefs sent cornerback Corey Harris and Willie Ford and safety Willie Pile looking for work elsewhere.
The Chiefs were reluctant to let Caver and Harris depart but they never showed many signs that they could contribute as back-up but both have ability and should get another chance in the NFL.
Though Hall is a prospect and a project it would have been beneficial to keep him on the roster. I'm not sold on Omar Easy and with the injury to Richardson in training camp, the Chiefs are hopeful that Easy can make a huge step forward.
The Chiefs actually trimmed the roster to 52 as they spent the afternoon hoping to add another defensive player. The Chiefs are interested in adding another cornerback or another defensive lineman.