The Kansas City Chiefs made their first cuts over the weekend and will make another roster move this afternoon on the way to next week’s 53-man roster limit.
Over the past month, we have taken a look at which players will likely make up “The Right 53″ and today the Kansas City Star tries to predict what Scott Pioli and Todd Haley will do. Here are the only differences between Adam Teicher’s list and ours with some thoughts.
Offensive line: Ike Ndukwe over Colin Brown.
The offensive line still could have some shifting as we find out just how much Pioli and Haley value Colin Brown in his second year. It doesn’t look good that when Ryan O’Callaghan went down with an injury that Barry Richardson jumped him on the depth chart, but I still keep going back to the amount of time that the team has invested in Brown’s potential. Unless they feel he will make it to the practice squad, I think Brown is a keeper.
Defensive line: Goes with six instead of seven, no Alex Magee.
As I said last week, Magee looks every bit of a camp casualty. If he makes the team, it will be awfully hard for Haley to continue preaching that he doesn’t care how a player got on the roster. Right now it looks like he will make the team due to being taken in the third-round last season.
Linebackers: David Herron over Pierre Walters.
The Chiefs might like Herron’s play on special teams, but don’t forget that he was flagged for a 15-yard penalty on a 41-yard Dexter McCluster kick return this past weekend. The Chiefs cannot survive if they commit stupid taunting penalties.
Defensive backs: Takes ten instead of nine, Mike Richardson as the extra player.
I would be surprised if they decided to take an extra DB over a seventh player along the defensive line. If Maurice Leggett is a few weeks away from practicing, maybe they keep ten initially. But if he can get cleared to play by Week 1, I think nine is the magic number in the defensive backfield.