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 β 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 β 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 β WR Josh Bellamy.
Biggest surprise among the players that made the squad β RB Nate Eachus.