Whether the Chiefs stay with this 53-man group as their roster for the opener against Buffalo next Sunday or not, they’ve established the foundation for their 2011 season.
Here are a few quick thoughts on what they have wrought going from what was once 89 players, to the 53 they finished up with on Saturday, including 27 moves:
- They went one heavy on defense with 26 players and 24 on offense.
- Offensive line is short, with just 7 players on the roster right now. Seven blockers were released on Saturday and expect 3 maybe 4 to return on the practice squad.
- Defensive line is where they went heavy, with 8 players on board for the 3 positions.
- Split in the secondary was interesting, with 6 safeties and only 4 cornerbacks.
- There are 8 rookies on the roster â€“ WR Jonathan Baldwin, C/G Rodney Hudson, OLB Justin Houston, DL Allen Bailey, CB Jalil Brown, QB Ricky Stanzi, DT Jerrell Powe and DE Brandon Bair. That’s 7 of 9 draft choices and 1 rookie free agent.
- Along with those 8 rookies are 7 other first time Chiefs â€“ FB Le’Ron McClain, WR Steve Breaston, WR Keary Colbert, TE Anthony Becht, OT Jared Gaither, DL Amon Gordon and S Sabby Piscitelli. So that’s a total of 15 new players.
- Who needs to play? All three players the Chiefs signed after the start of training camp that did not play in the 2010 season made the final roster: Gaither, Colbert and Becht.
- Surprise player in â€“ probably Bair. He’s got great potential, but whether that pays off in 2011 is doubtful.
- Surprise player out â€“ free agent rookie G Butch Lewis, based on the playing time he got all pre-season and the fact he could play G and T.
- Not sure what this says about the Chiefs roster or depth of talent, but among the 25 players released, only two started games last season for the Chiefs â€“ FB Mike Cox and WR Verran Tucker. They combined for four starts.
- Practice squad predictions: Shane Bannon, Verran Tucker, Cody Slate, Butch Lewis, Mike Ingersoll, Bobby Greenwood, Demond Washington, Justin Cole.