“The Right 53″ Version 3.0

Another week of training camp has come and gone for the Kansas City Chiefs and there are still plenty of spots to be locked down at the bottom of the roster.  With the first preseason game this weekend, things should start clearing up at a much quicker pace.

Here is my third attempt at the Chiefs final roster.

Is this “The Right 53″?

Quarterback (2)

Matt Cassel
Brodie Croyle

Running Back (4)

Jamaal Charles
Thomas Jones
Kestahn Moore
Tim Castille

Wide Receiver (6)

Dwayne Bowe
Chris Chambers
Dexter McCluster
Jerheme Urban
Terrance Copper
Jeremy Horne

Tight End (3)

Tony Moeaki
Leonard Pope
Jake O’Connell

Offensive Line (9)

Branden Albert
Brian Waters
Casey Wiegmann
Ryan Lilja
Ryan O’Callaghan
Rudy Niswanger
Jon Asamoah
Colin Brown
Ike Ndukwe

Defensive Line (7)

Tyson Jackson
Ron Edwards
Glenn Dorsey
Shaun Smith
Wallace Gilberry
Alex Magee
Derek Lokey

Linebacker (9)

Tamba Hali
Mike Vrabel
Derrick Johnson
Corey Mays
Demorrio Williams
Andy Studebaker
Jovan Belcher
Cameron Sheffield
Pierre Walters

Cornerback (5)

Brandon Flowers
Brandon Carr
Javier Arenas
Maurice Leggett
Travis Daniels

Safety (5)

Eric Berry
Kendrick Lewis
Jon McGraw
Donald Washington
Reshard Langford

Specialists (3)

Dustin Colquitt
Ryan Succop
Thomas Gafford

Last Five In

Ike Ndukwe
Derek Lokey
Reshard Langford
Jake O’Connell
Jeremy Horne

First Five Out

Darryl Harris
Quinten Lawrence
Barry Richardson
Leroy Banks
Javarris Williams

Bubble Thoughts

Something tells me the Chiefs are going to roll the dice with Jeremy Horne as the 53rd player.  That along with a lot of emerging young talent on defense forces the team to walk away from Quinten Lawrence.  He was drafted to help in the return game, but with Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles are all better options making last year’s sixth-round pick expendable.

Early on I had counted Jake O’Connell out, but seemingly all he does is make an incredible catch every day.  So while I still think the team is intrigued by Leroy Banks’ potential, O’Connell gets the nod thanks to his recent solid play.  If he keeps holding onto the ball, he will make it hard for the undrafted free agent pass him for that final tight end spot.

With Brian Waters sitting out the first week of camp, Darryl Harris was holding down left guard until he suffered a leg injury.  He hasn’t been seen on the practice field since, making it tough to make up for lost time especially with Waters back practicing with the first team.

Last time around I had the Chiefs going with one less player in the defensive backfield thanks to the versatility of Donald Washington and Maurice Leggett.  However, there is still plenty of questions at safety after Berry meaning Langford gets a spot along with Daniels.

Following another week of practices and the first preseason game, expect to see even more changes to this list next Wednesday.

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