Chiefs Like Edwards

It's an off day for the players but the coaches are working hard to prepare for the season opener against the Chargers on Sunday. The Chiefs have one roster spot to fill and <I>Warpaint Illustrated</I> has learned that wide receiver Troy Edwards is working out for the Chiefs.

The former St. Louis Rams wide receiver was released on Sunday by the Rams. Edwards began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was traded to the Rams on cut down day last year.

He has a world of potential but has had troubles with his coaches. He was often in the dog houses of both of his former head coaches, Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh and the Rams Mike Martz. The Rams wanted no part of Edwards and his attitude or skills. In fact the Rams, enter the 2003 season with only two wide receivers that have caught an NFL pass.

Edwards reminds me of Eddie Kennison and he needs someone like Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil to straighten himself out. He was a former top 10 draft pick five years ago from Louisiana Tech but he's underachieved every year.

Some question his attitude and character but no one questions his potential or ability. Vermeil is a master at developing players with these kinds of players who have potential on the field and liabilities off the field.

The Chiefs cut Marvin Minnis on Sunday and kept arena league player Joe Horn as the fifth wide receiver. But Edwards has NFL experience and he can return punts and kick-offs. The Chiefs say Dante Hall will practice on Wednesday but he won't be allowed to catch any balls due to his sprained finger.

The Chiefs could use another veteran receiver in their high powered offense. Though Johnnie Morton had a great training camp to date, he has yet to prove he was worthy of the $5 million signing bonus he received from the Chiefs before the 2002 season.

Marc Boerigter has emerged himself as the go to go on offense and he's likely to takeover for Morton if he struggles once the regular season starts. Kennison is the only speed guy and Edwards can stretch the field. If Hall is going to be out for any extended period of time, the move to sign Edwards makes sense.

The Chiefs are also looking at cornerback help and more than likely will sign Corey Harris who they cut on Sunday. If the Chiefs sign both players, then they would have to release one more player. If Edwards is signed the Chiefs likely will cut Horn and try to resign him on their practice squad.

Currently they have 52 players on the active roster.


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