“The Right 53″ 2011 Version 2.0

The first cuts are right around the corner for the Kansas City Chiefs with Friday’s always-important third preseason game of the season on tap.  There are still plenty of position battles going on and a lot of promising young players at the bottom of the roster making each cut that much more difficult.

By signing veteran free agent TE Anthony Becht, Haley and Scott Pioli have shown they are still very much looking around for help outside the players currently on the roster.

Is this “The Right 53″?

Quarterback (3)

Matt Cassel
Ricky Stanzi
Tyler Palko

Running Back (4)

Jamaal Charles
Thomas Jones
Dexter McCluster
Le’Ron McClain

Wide Receiver (6)

Dwayne Bowe
Steve Breaston
Jonathan Baldwin
Jerheme Urban
Terrance Copper
Verran Tucker

Tight End (3)

Tony Moeaki
Leonard Pope
Jake O’Connell

Offensive Line (8)

Branden Albert
Casey Wiegmann
Ryan Lilja
Jon Asamoah
Barry Richardson
Rodney Hudson
Jared Gaither
Butch Lewis

Defensive Line (6)

Glenn Dorsey
Kelly Gregg
Tyson Jackson
Wallace Gilberry
Jerrell Powe
Allen Bailey

Linebacker (10)

Tamba Hali
Derrick Johnson
Andy Studebaker
Justin Houston
Jovan Belcher
Cameron Sheffield
Demorrio Williams
Cory Greenwood
Gabe Miller
Justin Cole

Cornerback (5)

Brandon Flowers
Brandon Carr
Javier Arenas
Jalil Brown
Quinten Lawrence

Safety (5)

Eric Berry
Kendrick Lewis
Reshard Langford
Jon McGraw
Donald Washington

Specialists (3)

Dustin Colquitt
Ryan Succop
Thomas Gafford

Last Five In

Demorrio Williams
Justin Cole
Quinten Lawrence
Butch Lewis
Tyler Palko

First Five Out

Darryl Harris
Keary Colbert
Anthony Toribio
Anthony Becht
Sabby Piscitelli

Bubble Thoughts

The questions start right at the top at the quarterback position.  If the Chiefs decide to go with only two quarterbacks, it should be Palko on the outside looking in because there’s no way to guarantee Stanzi gets through waivers.

Things get even crazier with the guys protecting the quarterbacks.  While the five starters on the offensive line are set, their backups are anything but.  Gaither, Harris and O’Callaghan haven’t seen the field much, but Lewis is an undrafted free agent that hasn’t looked good during his playing time.

There’s a lot of talent at linebacker with Hali and Johnson followed by plenty of young and no guarantees.  The season-ending injury to Brandon Siler makes things that much more interesting and the best chance for a veteran outside the organization to get a look after cuts become official.

We also have the issue of the veterans added late in camp: Colbert and Becht.  Both have been productive in the league, but they were also both out of football last season.  So far Colbert has been impressive and we’ve yet to see Becht while both their positions are wholly unsettled after the starters.  A little tinkering of the roster — such as a trip to PUP for Baldwin — and both could make the roster.

Once we see Haley’s game plan against the Rams this weekend, we will have a much better grasp of which players have locked up spots and those that are sitting squarely on the bubble.

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