Pre-Season Rankings – Week #3

We promised you weekly rankings during the pre-season on the Chiefs unwieldy roster of nearly 90 players. After the game in Baltimore, we got sidetracked by several important items.

But before they hit the field for pre-season game No. 3, it was time to break the club down position-by-position. With the cut next week moving the roster to 85 players, and then a few days later falling all the way to 53, there are a lot of decisions that must be made in a very short time.

Here’s this man’s opinions on where these 89 players rank at their spot and who has reasons to be looking over their shoulder for the fabled “Turk” the mythical figure who brings news of football unemployment. Every player is ranked either going up, down or hanging steady.

Also those shaded in gray are very much on the roster bubble or their chances are someplace worse.

Feel free to agree, disagree or argue. But there’s no doubt the clock is ticking down on the 2011 NFL pre-season.

Quarterbacks

Rank  Player 

 

Comment 

1.

Matt Cassel

 

Offense has struggled, so has #7

2.

Tyler Palko

 

Quirky style, but gutty passer

3.

Ricky Stanzi

 

Hard to improve w/no protection

Comments: Still expecting the Chiefs to add a veteran QB of some kind, although Palko’s performance vs. Ravens certainly solidified his spot.

Running backs

Rank  Player    Comment 

1.

Jamaal Charles

Leg tweak a concern right now

2.

Le’Ron McClain

Getting into shape; hard runner

3.

Thomas Jones

Lost pounds and seems quicker

4.

Dexter McCluster

Better suited coming out as RB

5.

Jackie Battle

He is what he is: tough, reliable

6.

Mike Cox

He is what he is: tough, reliable

7.

Shane Bannon

Not flashed at any point

8.

Tervaris Johnson

Missed time to injury hurts him

Comments: The question is whether they carry two fullbacks or not. They have in the past, but that was due to special teams play. Cox, Bannon and Johnson don’t show up much in the kicking game.

Wide receivers

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Dwayne Bowe

Has had very good camp

2.

Steve Breaston

Starting to show himself

3.

Jerheme Urban

Played well at times

4.

Keary Colbert

Surprise of pre-season;

5.

Jonathan Baldwin

Disappointment before injury

6.

Terrance Copper

Special teams will be his card

7.

Verran Tucker

Will battle Copper for last spot

8.

Zeke Markshausen

Too much ground to cover

9.

Jeremy Horne

He’s taken step back from ’10

10.

Chandler Williams

Can’t gain any traction

11. 

Josue Paul 

Not much to see so far

12. 

Chris Manno

Not much to see so far

Comments: Will it be five or six receivers? If it’s six, there’s competition for that last spot. Otherwise the position appears to be closed.

Tight ends

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Tony Moeaki

Made up for missed time quickly

2.

Leonard Pope

Hasn’t shown much this camp

3.

Jake O’Connell

Ankle injury comes at bad times

4.

Cody Slate

Has some receiving skills

5.

Charlie Gantt

Struggled to handle position

6.

Anthony Becht

?

His talents give him a chance

Comments: After Moeaki it appears to be a position where anything could happen. Pope and O’Connell could come back as a pair, or two new faces could move into the jobs. Stay tuned.

Offensive line

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Branden Albert

Still an ascending player at LT

2.

Jon Asamoah

No problem stepping in at RG

3.

Ryan Lilja

Veteran back at familiar LG

4.

Rodney Hudson

Rookie has worked both C/G

5.

Casey Wiegmann

Veteran keeps getting it done

6.

Barry Richardson

Has looked good at times

7.

Butch Lewis

Rookie free agent can play G/T

8.

Ryan O’Callaghan

Injury doesn’t help his chances

9.

Darryl Harris

Injury doesn’t help his chances

10.

Bobby Greenwood

Now working at both C/G

11. 

Jared Gaither 

Can’t stay on the practice field

12. 

Mike Ingersoll

Can play all five spots

13. 

David Mims 

Nice tools; green as grass

14. 

Chris Harr 

Struggled but he works hard

15. 

Lucas Patterson  

Struggled but he works hard

Comments: Figure 9 or 10 blockers on the final roster, so there should be a real battle for the last two spots. Versatility will be the key.

Defensive linemen

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Glenn Dorsey

Making continued improvement

2.

Wallace Gilberry

Trying to match run vs. pass skills

3.

Allen Bailey

Rookie has chance to contribute

4.

Kelly Gregg

Question: how long can he play?

5.

Tyson Jackson

Improved; needs consistency

6.

Dion Gales

Really stepped up his game

7.

Brandon Bair

Rookie has skills to rush passer

8.

Jerrell Powe

Big guy has been inconsistent

9.

Amon Gordon

Journeyman has roster chance

10.

Harold Ayodele

Late arrival shows a spark

11. 

Anthony Toribio 

Knee injury killing his chances

Comments: They’ll carry six, possibly seven, so there are not of spots open here after Jackson.

Linebackers

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Tamba Hali

Working hard with new $$

2.

Derrick Johnson

Working hard with new $$

3.

Justin Houston

Making up for lost time

4.

Andy Studebaker

Solid summer without fanfare

5.

Cameron Sheffield

He’s back strong from injury

6.

Jovan Belcher

Solid performer to date

7.

Demorrio Williams

Started strong in camp

8.

Cory Greenwood

Slow starter, he’s gotten better

9.

Justin Cole

Athlete will survive in kick game

10.

Gabe Miller

Injury has him headed for IR

11. 

Micah Johnson 

Hasn’t shown much to date

12. 

Eric Bakhtiari 

Concussion stopped good camp

13. 

Amara Kamara 

Smallish ILB, he shows up at ball

14. 

Pierre Walters 

Doesn’t show much progress

Comments: There will be 10 or 11 LBs based on special teams play and quite a battle for those last few spots.

Secondary

Rank  Player  Comment 

1.

Brandon Carr

He’s had a strong camp

2.

Brandon Flowers

He too has had strong camp

3.

Eric Berry

Makes three strong campers

4.

Kendrick Lewis

Add another guy to the list

5.

Javier Arenas

Solid pre-season to date

6.

Jalil Brown

Rookie has shown nice skills

7.

Travis Daniels

Veteran has played well

8.

Jon McGraw

Veteran has played well too

9.

Reshard Langford

Started strong, tailed off

10.

Demond Washington

Rookie free agent has talent

11. 

Sabby Piscitelli 

He lacks speed, but can hit

12. 

Donald Washington 

Inconsistent on defense

13. 

Quinten Lawrence 

Giant strides thanks to switch

14. 

Ricky Price 

Hasn’t stood out much

14. 

Javes Lewis 

Hasn’t stood out much 2

15. 

Mario Russell 

Hasn’t stood out much 3

Comments: The number figures to be four corners, four safeties and one player who can play both, more than likely a corner. There’s competition for last three spots.


14 Responses to “Pre-Season Rankings – Week #3”

  • August 25, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    This is an excellent summary. It will be interesting to see who we add to the roster as other teams make their final cuts. Pulling for Tucker at WR. Gaither will be interesting to watch. What are they going to do with him? If he doesn’t play in the last pre-season game, will he put him on PUP? Hard to believe they cut him.


  • August 25, 2011  - greg says:

    Gaither cant be placed on PUP he has all ready taking part in camp.


  • August 25, 2011  - ED says:

    Great read. I agree with all. I hope Tucker makes team to Tenand6 I think we’re making a mistake keeping Urban. He hasn’t shown up in games. Tucker at least has not only been making strides in practice but has been making plays in games this preseason and last yr regular season. Urban I read about how well he does in practice but he just doesn’t seem to get open or do anything in games.


  • August 26, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Pretty much agree.

    I would expect both Baldwin and Gaither to start the season on Reserve/PUP allowing six more weeks to evaluate other guys in “real life” (eg. Tucker/Copper) – obviously both of them won’t contribute during the initial phase of the season anyway.

    Butch lewis seems to leave a pretty good impression on most guys – would be a nice find to have an UDFA OL making the final 53.

    TE is developping into an area of concern – the signing of Becht definitely highlights the fact that the brass is less than impressed.

    The only guy I disagree being a lock is Jackie Battle. There will be a tough fight between him and Mike Cox for the final spot.


  • August 26, 2011  - pookie says:

    did they sign another linebacker since Miller is now on IR? All i heard about was the new tight end. Maybe they bring back that Andersen guy.


  • August 26, 2011  - TimR says:

    On the D line, Powe will make it. No way you go into the season with one true NT that’s in his mid 30s. Gotta have a rotation there. I would think the last D line spot is between Gales & Bair. I also think they’ll keep a NT on the practice squad. If Gregg goes down, they’ll need another one in a hurry. The TE position is a bit troubling. Somebody getting cut from another team could show up here. OL will be interesting too. Gaither will probably go PUP.


  • August 26, 2011  - David Logue says:

    Nice Work Bob! Never commented before. A little prewiew of the premium site? I’m convinced if the mooney is there.


  • August 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    Lots of work there. Will be interesting, barring injury how the final roster turns out. I do not see a lot of surprises popping up, sign the team has gotten decidedly better. Wish we had an insider about Gaither, “I am 100%” and never seen again.


  • August 26, 2011  - TDKC says:

    Bob,
    This is great. It’s why I’ll subscribe.


  • August 26, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Very good analysis by Bob. I too, am hoping Gaither can move up, but he just may be too injured to make the final cut. I’m gald to see that Bob says Tyson Jackson is showing improvement. That’s very positive. I don’t think they have signed another LB since Siler went on IR. They are probably waiting for the final cuts of other teams.


  • August 26, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    My personal depth chart as of now:

    Offense

    RT – B. Richardson, O’Callahan
    RG – Asamoah, B. Lewis
    OC – Wiegmann, Hudson
    LG – Lilja, B. Lewis
    LT – Albert, O’Callahan

    QB – Cassel, Stanzi, Palko

    RB – Jones, Charles, McCluster
    FB – McClain

    WR – Bowe, Tucker
    Slot – Breaston, Colbert
    WR – Urban, Copper

    TE – Moeaki, Pope, O’Connell

    Roundout Player: Cox

    Becht may have a chance to crack the TE line-up. I predict both Baldwin and Gaither will start the season on Reserve/PUP.

    Defense

    DE – Dorsey, Bailey
    NT – Gregg, Powe
    DE – Jackson, Gilberry

    WOLB – Hali, Sheffield
    WILB – D. Johnson, D. Williams
    SILB – Belcher, C. Greenwood
    SOLB – Studebaker, Houston

    CB – Carr, Daniels
    NB – Arenas
    CB – Flowers, Brown

    FS – K. Lewis, McGraw
    SS – Berry, Do. Washington, Langford

    Roundout Players: Cole

    Gales may have a shot at the DL, Walters/Sheffield will be interesting at OLB. Lawrence may replace Langford as the #10 DB if he gets more consistant.

    The rest of the UDFA should try to find a spot on the PS – De. Washington, Walters, Bair, Mims, Harris are guys I would expect to go there.


  • August 26, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    KC_Guy,

    A little cred check, here. You sound like you know what you are talking about but then if you did shouldn’t you know, already, any players who are now on the active roster are no longer eligible for the PUP list. A player must be put on Active PUP list BEFORE the very first minute of the very first training camp practice and that player must still be on the Active PUP list before he can be put on the Reserve PUP list. So there will be no new players on any PUP list from here on out.




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