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Complete Recap of the Chiefs Cutdown Weekend

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Anyway, if you need to catch up on all the news that happened over the weekend, you'll find everything you need to know after the jump.

And if you don't come to Arrowhead Pride on the weekends, you need to begin to do that this week.  All the joy of Arrowhead Pride without fear of your boss looking over your cubicle.  It's nice.

Previewing cut day and some predictions

Don't listen to me if you're making a bet because it probably won't help you.  One day before the Chiefs were required to release 22 players, I made three bold predictions

  • Damion McIntosh will stay
  • Zach Thomas will be released
  • DaJuan Morgan or Mike Brown will be released

Right: Zach Thomas was released

Wrong: McIntosh was actually released and both Morgan and Brown stayed

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The Chiefs release eight players, including Damion McIntosh

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A look at the offensive line following the cuts

Left Tackle Left Guard Center Right Guard Right Tackle B. Albert B. Waters R. Niswanger M. Goff B. Richardson

W. Smith A. Alleman
C. Brown


D. Harris
I. Ndukwe

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Rumors surface the Chiefs are shopping Bernard Pollard

UCrawford's on the story:

I can understand souring on a player, but does Haley think Brown's got five or six more years in him like Pollard may have?  Extremely doubtful.  And what are the odds Brown actually plays a full season for this team?  He hasn't played 16 games since 2003 and he wasn't particularly impressive in the 15 games he played last season.  I was happy the Chiefs signed the guy...as a possible reserve...but to be the starter?

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I argue that the quarterbacks and secondary are the biggest unknown as we wait for the final 14 cuts to be made.

On the QBs: 

My best guess: Gutierrez is cut, Thigpen remains.

On the safeties:

My best guess: Chiefs keep four cornerbacks (Carr, Leggett, Flowers and Washington) and five safeties (Page, McGraw, Pollard, Brown and Morgan).

Wrong on both accounts.

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There's some momentum for the Chiefs keeping four quarterbacks

Why?

1) Matt Cassel may not be ready to play or completely healthy by week one leaving only two quarterbacks against last year's No. 2 overall defense

2) His possible replacement, Brodie Croyle, has a track record of injury

3) A scenario in which Cassel doesn't play, Croyle gets hurt and one quarterback remains is far too possible (and, to some, likely)

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The Chiefs made a call to former Super Bowl hero and NY Giants receiver David Tyree

The Chiefs have called Tyree's agent, Mark Clouser, to inquire about the former Giant.  The Baltimore Ravens have also expressed a "serious interest" in Tyree according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

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Word comes out early that UDFA LBs Pierre Walters and Jovan Belcher will make the 53 man roster

Here's how the LBs are starting to shake out (but they didn't end this way!)

OLB ILB ILB OLB T. Hali D. Williams C. Mays M. Vrabel T. McBride M. Beisel Z. Thomas A. Studebaker P. Walters D. Johnson J. Belcher

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We're waiting for the cuts to come

The cuts were supposed to come at 5:00 PM but they were delayed.  Josh Looney was live blogging the event.  This thread is pretty entertaining as we all wait for it to happen...

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The rest of the Chiefs cuts; Bernard Pollard is the headliner

Offense Defense TE Tom Crabtree CB Jackie Bates G Darryl Harris DE Dion Gales WR Taurus Johnson DE Bobby Greenwood WR Ashley Lelie DT Derek Lokey RB Javarris Williams S Bernard Pollard WR Rodney Wright LB Zach Thomas G Colin Brown (IR) S Ricky Price

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VIDEO: For one final time, Bernard Pollard: 'This is how we do it in Fort Wayne'

Some reminiscing.

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Poll: Most surprising cut by the Chiefs

Pollard: 78%

Lelie: 12%

Thomas: 4%

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In timely fashion, Matt Conner has which waiver wire pickups the Chiefs should be looking at.

Just wanting to offer some quick hits on some players that raised my eyebrows during a cursory glance around the league transactions based on perceived places of need on the Chiefs:

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Glaring and not so glaring needs for the Chiefs 53 man roster

Well, here we sit on waiver wire Sunday, and I'm trying to wrap my mind around some of the recent roster moves, and trying to figure out what is next.

Some nice work by stag.

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Waiting for the Chiefs to fill their practice squad

Chris talks about how ridiculous we are!

And this excitement is pretty ridiculous if you think about. Rarely, and I mean rarely, do any of these PS guys end up having an effect on a season. They'll get released, cut and signed again possibly. But they probably won't take the field.

Forget that. You're ridiculous, Chris!

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Chiefs claim former Patriots RT off waivers

On Ryan O'Callaghan:

He started six games his rookie season and one in 2007 when starter Nick Kaczur was injured.

He injured his shoulder on August 28th last year and was placed on injured reserve causing him to miss the entire '08 campaign.

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Chiefs release RT Barry Richardson to make room for Ryan O'Callaghan

Somewhat of a surprise considering the depth at tackle (see chart o-line chart above)

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Chiefs establish a seven man practice squad

  • CB Jackie Bates
  • TE Tom Crabtree
  • DE Dion Gales
  • DE Bobby Greenwood
  • Darryl Harris
  • RB Javarris Williams 
  • WR Rodney Wright
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No dice.
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The newest Chiefs depth chart is released

More than a few changes including Dwayne Bowe back to the first team.

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And it's Tuesday morning.