KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 12: Defensive back Anthony Gaitor #39 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brakes up a pass intended for wide receiver Verran Tucker #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on August 12, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
In a post up on the Mother Ship, Josh Looney points at a handful of players who are impressing the coaching staff of the Chiefs and specifically head coach Todd Haley. It's nice to read the particular names on the list, especially guys the Chiefs (and fans) were hoping to break through like Cameron Sheffield and Justin Houston. But one name that stands out is among the finalist for one of the remaining wide receiver slots on the roster: Verran Tucker.
The Chiefs unexpected signing of Keary Colbert highlighted this position when it was clear that the Chiefs brass were serious about giving him a chance to make the team. That placed even more pressure on guys like Tucker to make the team, but apparently Tucker is rising to the occasion. As Looney writes:
Haley was impressed with Tuckers ability to "show up in a number of areas". The second-year wide out led the Chiefs with three catches for 68 yards Friday night ... Tucker’s ability to play special teams certainly help his cause in making the Chiefs 53-man roster; that skill set is what originally got him called up from the practice squad last season. Tucker is currently part of a numbers crunch at wide receiver with 13 players vying for five or six positions. He’s made several big catches in training camp and definitely helped himself in Baltimore.
Colbert's name has also been mentioned among those impressive in camp so far, but some other favorites remain as well. As Looney described, the situation is going to be disappointing for most of the players vying for the position with so few slots around. Steve Breaston, Jon Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe are shoe-ins. Jerheme Urban is getting first team reps in camp, so that's automatic as well. Dexter McCluster isn't going anywhere, although you could place him among backs.
That leaves names like Tucker, Colbert, Chandler Williams, Terrance Copper, Jeremy Horne, Chris Manno, Zeke Markshausen and Josue Paul. Copper holds a veteran special teams edge above others, yet Tucker and Colbert have been praised. The jury is out on several of the others. Suffice to say, maybe two more of them can make the practice squad and the rest will hope to continue their football journey somewhere else.
Who do you think will end up on the final roster of 53? At this point, the Chiefs continue to list McCluster as a WR so that might affect things. But a guess from me at this point reads: Bowe, Breaston, Urban, Baldwin, McCluster, Copper, Tucker all making the team with Colbert on the fence. Your thoughts?