Roster At 87 With Strange Additions

New Chiefs WR Keary Colbert was coaching at Southern Cal last year.


From St. Joseph, Missouri

Ryan Succop was healthy enough to kick a 51-yard field goal Wednesday night in practice and heaven knows the Chiefs do not need another wide receiver when there are already 11 on the roster and an even dozen if you include Dexter McCluster.

But on Wednesday, the team announced the addition of another kicker and another receiver, pushing their pre-season roster to 87 players.

Claimed on waivers was K Todd Carter, released earlier in the week by the St. Louis Rams.

Signed as a street free agent was WR Keary Colbert, a former second-round draft choice, Colbert has not played in the NFL since the 2008 season.

Why? Good damn question.

Let’s start with Carter. He’s a kickoff specialist who made the Carolina Panthers opening day roster last year to handle kickoffs. He booted one and then could not kick anymore because reportedly his back tightened up. He was waived several days after the opener and did not kick again last season.

Carter is out of Grand Valley state, the Division II power in Michigan where he played with Chiefs CB Brandon Carr. In fact, Carter attended the same high school as Carr in Flint, Michigan – Carman-Ainsworth. He handled kickoffs for four years with the Lakers (2005-08). He was out of football in 2009.

Based on his college career, kicking the ball between the pipes is not a strong suit for this guy. He made 27 of 41 career FG attempts (66%) and he was 173 of 189 PATs (91.5 percent).

Remember the new rules involving kickoffs this year, with the ball being kicked from the 35-yard line. Teams figure to either kick the ball out of the end zone for touchbacks all the time, or learn to have their man directionally kick and go for hang time to bottle up the returners inside the 20-yard line with coverage. Reportedly, Carter is very good at distance and hang time on kickoffs

It figures that the Chiefs are taking a lookie lou at the kickoff man.

The addition of Colbert is puzzling. He’s 29 years old and most recently signed with Sacramento of the United Football League. His last NFL season was 2008, when he played for three different teams. He signed as a UFA with Denver, was traded to Seattle and was then cut and signed by Detroit. Overall, he played in 68 NFL games, starting 49 times, with 121 catches for 1,540 yards and 8 TD catches.

Coming out of Southern Cal’s national championship team in 2003, Colbert was the 62nd player selected in the 2004 NFL Draft. His career was a bit of a bust, as he spent four seasons hanging with the Panthers, and then did three teams in one season.

Last year, Colbert worked as a graduate assistant coach on Lane Kiffin’s staff at USC, serving as a tight ends assistant.

So how does Colbert fit in? He doesn’t. By drafting Jonathan Baldwin and signing free agent Steve Breaston, the Chiefs should be off that train of signing veteran, but washed up receivers like Bobby Engram, Bobby Wade, Amani Toomer and Ashley Lelie.

Sounds like possibly Pioli/Haley are doing a favor for somebody. It’s about the only way signing a guy that’s been out of the league for the previous two years would make sense. Maybe it’s an audition for a coaching job.

As near as we know, all the receivers save Baldwin are healthy. They have all be practicing and Baldwin is starting to work his way through the hamstring. So it doesn’t appear that Colbert is being brought in as a band-aid of any kind.

4 Responses to “Roster At 87 With Strange Additions”

  • August 11, 2011  - Bryan says:

    As silly as it may sound, maybe Colbert was signed to get some insite into John Fox. We will be playing his team twice a year. It’s not going to cost the Chiefs anything. It seems like NE does that every once in a while

  • August 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Or is Succop having issues and the Chiefs had to make a move, just in case.

    Especially odd in that we have a ton of WR to evaluate and only 3 QB to toss the ball around, shouldn’t we have had a 4th QB just for the arm?

  • August 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Sorry I was refering to the addition of a K. This move have no clue, sorry.

  • August 12, 2011  - RickyP says:

    el cid says:

    “Or is Succop having issues and the Chiefs had to make a move, just in case.”

    or, maybe, we don’t want to wear out our only kicker during meaningless pre-season games.

    Keeping only one kicker on the roster throughout pre-season seems to risk getting your good kicker injured, or worn out due to over use.

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