Immediate Reaction To Chiefs Moves

The Chiefs got down to 53 players, but by the time next Sunday rolls around and the regular season opens, the makeup of the 53 maybe slightly different than it became Friday evening.

GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel went short on offensive linemen, with only 7 on the active roster. They went long on offensive skill position players, with 15 running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

They went short on linebackers, due to the suspension of OLB Tamba Hali for the season opener. They have just 8 there right now. Hali would be 9. They went long on defensive backs largely because of injuries that have three different DBs laid up right now.

Remember there is an 8-man practice squad to fill out on Saturday and here’s guessing that the names we’ll see return will be FB Chris DiMarco, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Junior Hemingway, DE Jerome Long, C Lucas Patterson and OLB Gabe Miller.

Which player would go off the roster to make room on September 10 when Hali can return? Just guessing, but likely it would be a defensive back, pending the status of CBs Brandon Flowers and Jalil Brown.

There are 7 rookies on this 53-man squad – RBs Nate Eachus and Cyrus Gray, WR Devon Wylie, OL Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson, NT Dontari Poe and Fs Tysyn Hartman.

There are 16 new faces on the roster that were not with the Chiefs at any point in previous seasons – the 7 rookies plus QB Brady Quinn, RB Peyton Hillis, TE Kevin Boss, RT Eric Winston, DE Ropati Pitoitua, OLB Edgar Jones, S Abram Elam, CB Jacques Reeves and CB Stanford Routt.

Biggest surprise among the players released – WR Josh Bellamy.

Biggest surprise among the players that made the squad – RB Nate Eachus.

Chiefs Make 22 Moves To Reach Roster Limit

The Chiefs made 22 moves on Friday to reach the NFL roster limit of 53 players. It may be just a temporary 53, as possible changes could come in the next few days.

But here is the list:

  1. DE Brandon Bair
  2. CB Mikail Baker
  3. WR Josh Bellamy
  4. C Rob Bruggeman
  5. FB Patrick DiMarco
  6. CB Chandler Fenner
  7. DE Amon Gordon
  8. G Darryl Harris
  9. WR Junior Hemingway
  10. DE Jerome Long
  11. OLB Gabe Miller
  12. OT David Mims
  13. WR Jamar Newsome
  14. S Terrance Parks
  15. C Lucas Patterson
  16. G Rich Ranglin
  17. CB Neiko Thorpe
  18. S Donald Washington
  19. LB Leon Williams
  20. DB De’Quan Menzie was placed on injured reserve.
  21. QB Alex Tanney was placed on injured reserve.
  22. OLB Tamba Hali placed on the reserve/suspended list.
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