Following the release of NT Kenny Smith earlier in the week, the Kansas City Chiefs have promoted DE Dion Gales from the practice squad.
It was assumed that NT Derek Lokey would be promoted from the practice squad to backup starter Ron Edwards on Sunday. Lokey is the only player other than Edwards listed on the Chiefs roster as a “nose tackle.“
Edwards’ backup (performed by Smith and Tank Tyler this year) typically has gotten 10-15 defensive snaps per game.
Gales originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Kansas City after this year’s draft. He spent the first 12 games of the season on the practice squad after being a part of the Chiefs final cuts before the season.
Interesting move by Todd Haley going with a very small defensive line even though the Chiefs defense has not been able to stop the run. A backup nose isn’t going to be the answer to such a big problem, but I’d still feel more comfortable having another 300 pounder inside to try and clog things up.
As Josh Looney suggests on the Chiefs official site, we might get a look at rookie Alex Magee in most of those snaps that go to Edwards’ backup. If for some reason Edwards gets hurt or slowed at all, I would expect to see Glenn Dorsey lining up inside with Tamba Hali moving in to play with his hand on the ground more often than usual.
Safety and linebacker are still a big time concern going into the offseason for Kansas City, but don’t forget that for all the money currently invested on the defensive line there is no long term answer at nose tackle.