The Waiting Game … Saturday Cup O’Chiefs

What a stressful time in the NFL year it is on the Thursday-Friday-Saturday of the week before the season opening game. Everything is so topsy-turvey, like ILB Jovan Belcher (on the right).

There are so many decisions to make, so many careers on the line and lives in a state of suspended animation as players wait for the word on whether they still have a locker and uniform on Sunday, or whether they are unemployed and possibly going on to their life’s work.

The deadline for NFL teams to reach the 53-man limit is Saturday afternoon, but many teams already got to work on Friday. Arizona and Pittsburgh pretty much have finished up their moves. There weren’t any surprises among those 50-plus decisions.

The Chiefs were busy on Friday as well, but as is their way, they were not releasing any names of those removed from the roster. Still, we know two of the players they cut – FS Reshard Langford and ILB Micah Johnson. Both players used their Twitter accounts to announce their time in Kansas City was over.

“So it’s been fun KC,” Langford tweeted. “Maybe I’ll see you on the other sideline in time. Thanks for taking me in. Much love to the fans Thanks for the support.”

There will be 27 names on the final list. Most will be on the waiver wire. A few others may end up on the injured-reserve list. Five or six of those names on the wire will return to the team as part of the practice squad. 

How many new faces will be on that 53-man roster?

2011 DRAFT – of the nine selections, seven should make the 53-man roster with no problem. Only 5th-round OLB Gabe Miller and 7th-round FB Shane Bannon may find themselves in other situations. Miller has an injury, apparently a hamstring, and could be a candidate for the injured-reserve list. Bannon did not get many opportunities and did not take advantage of those that he had. Practice squad may be where he lands.

2011 UDFA – on the 80-man roster there were still 10 on the roster. Odds say that G/T Butch Lewis out of Southern Cal maybe the only one that makes the roster. Several others – DE Brandon Bair, CB Demond Washington, OL Mike Ingersoll, OL David Mims, could end up on the practice squad.

2011 UFA – Count in WR Steve Breaston, OT Jared Gaither and FB Le’Ron McClain, with DL Amon Gordon having a shot as well.

2011 SFA (Street free agents) – add NT Kelly Gregg and WR Keary Colbert.

Add them up and that’s 13 or 14 new faces that should make the final roster. Late injuries could lead to a few more.

That’s as established as the Chiefs roster has been in sometime, probably going back to the 2007 season, after they made the playoffs the year before with Herm Edwards as head coach.

Langford joined the team on Christmas Day 2009, signed off the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles. He started strong on special teams in the 2010 season before suffering a leg injury that limited his playing time through the second half of the year.

Johnson was signed to the practice squad at the end of the 2010 season and saw limited play time during the four pre-season games.

17 Responses to “The Waiting Game … Saturday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • September 3, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I liked Langford, but I can understand why he was on the bubble.

  • September 3, 2011  - Chiefslovinlineman says:

    Mims is not a practice squad guy, at least not with KC. His potential makes him a lock to move if KC tries to hide him on the ps, Mims will be gone before the Chiefs can press enter on the key board. Keep Mims on the 53.

  • September 3, 2011  - lyle says:

    If they waste a roster spot on Mims, I’m going to be really ticked off. The kid has a lot of potential, but he is just not ready for the NFL. The chances of another team plucking him from the practice squad isn’t as high as some think, because other teams would have to make room for him on the active roster. Put him on the practice squad and if we lose him, we lose him. It’s not like we used a draft choice on him, or that he’s the last tackle being developed. I would much rather see them stretch the roster for a kid like Bair who could actually come in and contribute some this year on special teams or in a rotation.

  • September 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    If we can waste time on Jackson, then we can work with Mims.

    Do not care for Colbert, great story but there are a bunch walking the streets just like him. Fill his roster spot with someone from BG or Jets.

    Should cut extras to see what is out on the street after other teams clear their rosters. Not nice but we still need talent not just guys we drafted and do not fit.

  • September 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The Chiefs should end up with a decent practice squad. I assume we’ll lose a few this year that be a tad painful. Hopefully, we’ll return the favor.

    I think the bottom of the roster is better than last year. That’s an “Ask Bob” waiting to happen.

  • September 3, 2011  - Don in ICT says:

    Nice pic of Belcher

  • September 3, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    I can’t explain it in so many words but I just don’t feel this team at present time is ready to make the next step forward. There’s something lacking in a big way but just can’t put my finger on it yet.

  • September 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    The schedule?

    I also think the Chiefs are one of those teams that gain an advantage with OTA’s.

    That being said, I think the talent level is better overall and if that happens long enough, good things will happen. This is a good coaching staff.

  • September 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    The talent level is better but not a lot better. Draft picks will improve the talent level after they get on the field and become starters.

    As for the coaching staff, I do not think it is any better than at the end of last year. Being a year older is not a indicator of improvement, except for me of course. Muir has not shown some gift at OC, give him time.

    What is missing from the team is last year AFC West champs (the swagger?) and I have only seen one person point to the Chiefs being a force to be dealt with. No, it seems like we have regressed to 09 looking for talent under rocks.

  • September 3, 2011  - Dave71 says:

    I know that we haven’t even taken our first regular season snap, but I tend to agree with el cid’s latest comment. The Chiefs looked nothing like Detroit or Tampa Bay this preseason, two other young teams that are supposedly “on the rise”. But I guess we’ll have to hold judgement until the season starts. The offense does not look very good; I hope Muir was the right choice for O.C., but so far I’m not so sure.

  • September 3, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I just saw a report that Moeaki will be placed on IR with a torn ACL. If it’s correct that’s horrible news for the Chiefs. O’Connel is also hurt and a lot of you were saying he will go IR. The Chiefs are probably watching the cuts for veteran tight ends.

  • September 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Moeaki loss = Huge.

    However, Haley is an offensive genius and he will run the offense differently to compensate. Who was the TE that Haley relied on in AZ?

    We need to get Baldwin back in the mix ASAP. And, Gaither needs to step up. We need to be able to seal off the right side without a TE.

  • September 3, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I agree. I’m not sure when Baldwin will be ready, but he would give us another big receiver. I also saw where Desmond Clark was cut by the Bears. He has been a very good tight end and could possibly help us.

  • September 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    Slate (?) is supposedly a pass catching TE and Pope is the blocking TE.

    No matter what, Cassel will need all the recievers he can locate.

    Do not know what to say about Baldwin. Was he such a horse’s rear in training camp, no one gave us the “wow, what a first round pick” routine. Might be a diva but can he play, before the injury did not notive anything special.

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