Final Cuts: Getting the Chiefs to 53

The 2012 Chiefs have established starters at nearly every position (and guys like Jeff Allen and Dontari Poe waiting in the wings at several more). Friday's roster cuts, practice squad appointments and possible free agent acquisitions will give us a much better insight into how Scott Pioli sees the 2012 campaign and the future of this team. I have plenty of questions...

1. Who the #*@(%! will play fullback?

I'm glad we drafted Bannon over Henry Hynoski and let McClain walk. So, DiMarco, O'Connell, a free agent or nobody?

2. Who will be the surprise cut?

Is Lilja's veteran experience alone worth a roster spot? Is Allen Bailey expendable? Is Terrance Copper as safe as we all believe? What are we supposed to do with Andy Studebaker? If Pioli intends to sign Dwayne Bowe to long-term deal, just how valuable is a player like Steve Breaston? Could an abysmal showing at Green Bay snuff out the dream of Stanzi?

3. Will the lack of Safety depth affect the final roster?

I'm glad Pioli signed a 3rd safety worth putting on the field. Abe Elam has only missed 1 start in the last 3 years. Romeo's Cover 3 means three safeties will see significant playing time. Is Travis Daniels that safety? Could injury concerns mean a stay of execution for Donald Washington or push Pioli into signing a veteran FA like Brodney Pool?

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4. Can anything be done to address the lack of depth at CB?

Many of us are penciling in Jacques Reeves onto the 53-man roster. Are there any other options?

5. How committed is Pioli to his homegrown development projects?

Scott Pioli loves to develop talent in-house. Sometimes project players work out for him (Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Jovan Belcher) but more often than not—they don't make it. Pioli already scrapped the Shane Bannon experiment. Which project player will he pull the plug on next: Brandon Bair, Jerrell Powe, David Mims, Darryl Harris or Gabe Miller?

6. Who earns the #3 TE job?

Steve Maneri or Jake O'Connell? I still can't believe we didn't pursue Martellus Bennett in free agency.

7. Could a surprise cut of a veteran QB tempt Pioli?

Vince Young has already been cut. What if someone decent like Garrard or McCoy was available? Or someone good?

8. Are Glenn Dorsey and Dwayne Bowe part of the long-term vision for the team or trade-bait?

I personally think Bowe is Chief long-term and Dorsey will go to a 4-3 or 1-gap 3-4 team. I could see either one being traded, re-signed to a long term deal or allowed to walk as FAs because this real life not Madden in franchise mode.

Guesses, Speculation and Gossip

Here are my wild ass guesses as to who makes the final roster. Feel free to argue your point of view in the comments section.


Cyrus Gray RB

(Depending on what Allen Bailey's funk is about look for him here too)


Cory Greenwood ILB

I have Greenwood getting edged out by former Raven's special teams ace Edgar Jones who also plays a little OLB.


  1. Lucas Patterson C (Practice Squad 2011)
  2. Rich Ranglin LG
  3. Darryl Harris RG (Practice Squad 2010-2011)
  4. Patrick DiMarco FB
  5. Josh Bellamy WR
  6. Mikail Baker CB
  7. Rob Bruggeman C (Practice Squad 2011)
  8. Neiko Thorpe CB
  9. Jake O'Connell TE (7th Round Pick 2009)
  10. Chandler Fenner CB
  11. Donald Washington S (4th Round Pick 2009)
  12. Terrance Parks S
  13. Leon Williams ILB (4th Round Pick 2006, Cleveland Browns)


  1. Brandon Bair DE (1 accrued season, but zero games on the 45-man active roster)
  2. Tysyn Hartman S
  3. Gabe Miller OLB (5th Round Pick 2011, on IR for 2011 = zero games on active roster)
  4. Alex Tanney QB
  5. Jerome Long DE (7th Round Pick 2012)
  6. Nate Eachus RB
  7. Jamar Newsome WR (Practice Squad 2011)
  8. Junior Hemingway WR


  1. Allen Bailey DE
  2. Jacques Reeves CB
  3. Travis Daniels S
  4. Edgar Jones ILB
  5. David Mims RT


  1. Cory Greenwood ILB
  2. Gabe Miller OLB
  3. Brandon Bair DE
  4. Jake O'Connell TE
  5. Darryl Harris G/C



QB Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, Ricky Stanzi

RB Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis, Shaun Draughn
FB (Free Agent)

WR Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston
SR Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie
WR Jonathan Baldwin, Terrance Copper

TE Kevin Boss, Tony Moeaki, Steve Maneri

LT Branden Albert, Donald Stephenson
LG Ryan Lilja, Jeff Allen
C Rodney Hudson
RG Jon Asamoah
RT Eric Winston, David Mims


RDE Glenn Dorsey, Amon Gordon
NT Anthony Toribio, Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe
LDE Tyson Jackson, Ropati Pitoitua, Allen Bailey

ROLB Tamba Hali, Cameron Sheffield
RILB Derrick Johnson, Edgar Jones
LILB Jovan Belcher, Brandon Siler
LOLB Justin Houston, Andy Studebaker

RCB Stanford Routt, Javier Arenas, De'Quan Menzie
LCB Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown, Jacques Reeves
FS Kendrick Lewis, Travis Daniels
SS Eric Berry, Abram Elam


P Dustin Colquitt
K Ryan Succop
LS Thomas Gafford

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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