LOCK: Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Palko
ANALYSIS: - When the Chiefs cut Bill Stull on Sunday, it told me that Brodie Croyle is healthy again. But does that mean he'll make the final 53 man roster? There are inklings suggesting he could end up in Buffalo to be reunited with Chan Gailey. That's possible.
Even if that does not happen, I would not be surprised if the Denver Broncos cut Brady Quinn, or he asks for his outright release, that the Chiefs claim him. If that happens, I think Croyle is the odd man out and not Tyler Palko.
If unhappy QB Brady Quinn is cut by the Broncos, he could rejoin Charlie Weis in KC.
Offensvie Line (8):
LOCK: Branden Albert, Barry Richardson, Brian Waters, Rudy Niswanger, Casey Wiegmann, Ryan O'Callaghan, Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah.
ANALYSIS: - That gives the Chiefs nine lineman. The good news is that Richardson can play both left and right tackle. I'd like to see the Chiefs keep Darryl Harris because long term he might be the heir apparent to Waters. The killer for this line is that the Chiefs likely will keep two centers because neither has stood out at this point as a clear starter. The only other possible addition is Ikechuku Ndukwe, but not at the sacrifice of either Asamoah or Harris, who remains on the sidelines with a leg injury.
If he can get healthy, Guard Darryl Harris can help the depth of KC's offensive line and push Brian Waters for playing time.
Wide Receivers (6):
LOCK: Chris Chambers, Jerheme Urban, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Jeremy Horne, Terrance Copper.
ANALYSIS: - I'm putting a lot of faith in Horne, who the Chiefs have already tried to hide on the roster by limiting his play against the Eagles. I don't care for Copper at all, nor am I big fan of Quinten Lawrence, but both are solid special teams guys. And in Haley's eyes, both are ahead of Horne on the depth chart at this point. But that's going to change. It could be the end of the road for Lance Long. Still, the Chiefs are going to have to carry six receivers.
Tight Ends (2):
LOCK: Tony Moeaki, Leonard Pope
ANALYSIS: - I can't see the Chiefs carrying more than two tight ends. It just isn't prudent. Though the team really likes the development of Jake O'Connel, they have more needs at receiver and might be forced to carry nine offensive linemen versus the eight I'm suggesting. Moeaki is going to start and he already has mad blocking skills and Pope is a solid back-up for this team. He can do just enough to help the Chiefs in certain situations.
Running Back (3):
LOCK: Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle
ANALYSIS: - The team already cut Kestahn Moore on Sunday which means they hope to place him on the practice squad at some point. Though Javarris Williams is ahead of Battle at the moment, Battle has been solid at every turn thus far and the fact he
Tim Castille might be the only fullback on the Chiefs final 53 man roster.
LOCK: Tim Castille
ANALYSIS: - Look for Mike Cox to be picked up by Buffalo. He played for Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech, but he's not needed in Kansas City. If the Chiefs keep defensive tackle Derek Lokey, he'll be the teams goal line thumper. Castille is a solid fullback who can block and also catch the ball out of the backfield.
TOTAL OFFENSE (23)
Defensive Line (8):
LOCK: Tyson Jackson, Shaun Smith, Alex Magee, Dion Gales, Ron Edwards, Garrett Brown, Glenn Dorsey, Wallace Gilberry
ANALYSIS: I excluded Lokey for the moment because I do believe that the Chiefs will trade Dorsey before next weekend. Just a hunch. If that happens, then Lokey, who is the emergency fullback, gets a roster spot.
Dumping DE Garrett Brown could be a bad decision by the Chiefs.
Now if I were bold, I'd cut Edwards and put my faith in either Lokey or my personal favorite Garrett Brown. To me, Brown can deliver and, in fact, he could start for this team this season and many more after that. He's a player for this team and, in my opinion, is the best undrafted guy the Chiefs signed. If they cut him, they'll never get him on the practice squad. The Chiefs must keep eight because none of the down lineman have shown the ability to get to the quarterback and that's going to take some time to find out.
LOCK: Mike Vrabel, Andy Studebaker, Jovan Belcher, Corey Mays, Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams, Tamba Hali, Cameron Sheffield
ANALYSIS: - Playing a 3-4 scheme, you almost have to carry eight guys. Plus, there really isn't anything on the roster after that in my opinion that is going to work for the Chiefs. Though I'm high on Cory Greenwood, I can't see the Chiefs keeping him over Mays. But it's possible because in my view Mays just isn't a long-term fit. Greenwood could be the next Studebaker, but he probably will find a spot on the practice squad. But keep this in mind, Greenwood is the back-up long snapper.
Linebacker Corey Greenwood might find home on Chiefs practice squad.
LOCK: Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas, Maurice Leggett, Mike Richardson
ANALYSIS: - I think Travis Daniels has a shot to make the roster, especially if Leggett isn't 100% by next weekend. Though I saw him Thursday night and I think he'll be ready. Outside of that I don't see much else that can help the Chiefs at this position. That is unless they pick up a veteran from another roster. If that happens, the Richardson experiment might end in Kansas City.
LOCK: Eric Berry, Reshard Langford, Jon McGraw, Kendrick Lewis
ANALYSIS: - In keeping just four safeties this likely means the end of the road for last years fourth round pick, Donald Washington. Langford has been impressive despite his blown coverage on the Eagles late touchdown Friday night. To me Lewis and Berry will start and McGraw is just one of those guys you want on your roster to teach the pups the long road to success in the NFL.
Safety Kendrick Lewis has star potential written all over him.
TOTAL DEFENSE (25)
Special Teams (3):
LOCK: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop, Thomas Gafford
ANALYSIS: - You can't go wrong with these three. They've been perfectly in unison all camp long and in each of the teams three preseason games.
ROSTER TOTAL (51)
FINAL ANALYSIS: - With two spots to fill, I'd keep Lokey on defense and Harris on offense.