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″?
Running Back (4)
Wide Receiver (6)
Tight End (3)
Offensive Line (8)
Defensive Line (6)
Last Five In
First Five Out
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.