Earlier this week, the Kansas City Chiefs
had 89 players on the roster but had to cut down to 80 players on Tuesday. Aug. 30. They're at 80 players now and, by Saturday afternoon, they'll need to get down to 53 players.
That's a whopping 27 players that will be waived, released, traded or put on IR by 5:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on Saturday afternoon.
We can guess on quite a few of those guys already. The Chiefs signed double-digit undrafted free agents this year and, more than likely, just a couple of them will make the roster. There are also a few veterans that will get released whether it be because they're not worth the money or their backup is simply better.
The Chiefs can create an eight-man practice squad as well but to place players on the practice squad you first have to release them, expose them to the waiver wire system and hope they don't get picked up by another team, and then re-sign them to the practice squad. Even then, those players are available to be signed by other teams so practice squad guys are really never safe.
It's going to be an interesting 36 hours here. If you've watched HBO's Hard Knocks before, you know this is an incredibly nerve-wracking time for more than half the roster.
I've posted the latest depth chart after the jump. What cuts are we going to see tomorrow afternoon?
WR: Jerheme Urban, Steve Breaston, Jonathan Baldwin, Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne
LT: Branden Albert, Jared Gaither, David Mims, Butch Lewis
LG: Ryan Lilja, Darryl Harris, Lucas Patterson
C: Casey Wiegmann, Rodney Hudson, Darryl Harris
RG: Jon Asamoah, Bobby Greenwood, Mike Ingersoll, Chris Harr
RT: Barry Richardson, Chris Harr
TE: Leonard Pope, Tony Moeaki, Jake O'Connell, Cody Slate, Charlie Gantt, Anthony Becht
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Terrance Copper, Keary Colbert, Zeke Markshausen
QB: Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Ricky Stanzi
FB: Le'Ron McClain, Mike Cox, Shane Bannon
RB: Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle
LDE: Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, Amon Gordon
NT: Kelly Gregg, Anthony Toribio, Jerrell Powe, Harold Ayodele
RDE: Glenn Dorsey, Wallace Gilberry, Dion Gales, Brandon Bair
LOLB: Andy Studebaker, Cameron Sheffield, Justin Houston
LILB: Jovan Belcher, Justin Cole, Amara Kamara
RILB: Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams, Cory Greenwood, Micah Johnson
ROLB: Tamba Hali, Pierre Walters, Gabe Miller
LCB: Brandon Flowers, Travis Daniels, Quinten Lawrence, Demond Washington
RCB: Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas, Jalil Brown
SS: Eric Berry, Reshard Langford, Donald Washington
FS: Kendrick Lewis, Jon McGraw, Sabby PIscitelli, Ricky Price
P: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop
K: Ryan Succop
PR: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, Jerheme Urban, Donald Washington
KR: Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, Quinten Lawrence, Donald Washington