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Keep or Cut: Chiefs C Rudy Niswanger

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Good morning Kansas City Chiefs fans.

We've got a brand new off season series beginning today. It's called Keep or Cut. And it's just as simple as it sounds (And yes, I'm aware that the word "cut" may not be accurate for some of these guys but you get the idea). I'll sporadically name a Kansas City Chief that ended up on last year's 53-man roster (or IR), give you some info about how his '09 went. Then you'll vote and comment on whether or not he should be on the Chiefs' 53-man roster come September 2010.

First up, we have the Chiefs center from the '09 campaign: Rudy Niswanger.

My opinion on Niswanger's 2009 campaign is the same since he became a Chief in 2006- the guy isn't bad but there are better, low cost options at center out there in free agency and the draft. His two bad snaps against San Diego in Week 12 were the last straw for me. If you have issues snapping the ball, how much can we trust you?

Here are some recent comments on Niswanger from the AP community:

  • Lanier 63: "I have nothing against Niswanger as a player, but I dont think he best serves the team as a Center. I think we can find a more fundamentally sound Center this off season."
  • JHWK: "Niswanger has performed poorly for a while now and would be a better fit at Guard where he can use his size more to his advantage."
  • ChiefsFan1970: "Niswanger gets a D or maybe even an F from me. He is just not stout enough for that position and is getting pushed around way too much. We HAVE to upgrade that position this offseason."
Yikes. Click over for more stats and stories on Rudy, as well as the Chiefs' full depth chart which we'll be posting each time we do this.
  • Started all 16 games at center
  • 4 penalties (2 false starts, 2 holding)
  • 2 sacks allowed
  • Injured his knee in Week 12 but came back the next week
Big stories about Niswanger:
Make sure you vote in our poll. Does Rudy Niswanger deserve to be on the 2010 Chiefs 53-man roster?

OFFENSE

WR 11 Chris Chambers 80 Bobby Wade 14 Quinten Lawrence
LT 76 Branden Albert 74 Wade Smith 67 Barry Richardson
LG 54 Brian Waters 62 Andy Alleman 66 Darryl Harris
C 64 Rudy Niswanger 74 Wade Smith
RG 74 Wade Smith 62 Andy Alleman 60 Ikechuku Ndukwe
RT 75 Ryan O'Callaghan 67 Barry Richardson 60 Ikechuku Ndukwe
TE 45 Leonard Pope 85 Jake O'Connell 89 Sean Ryan
WR 82 Dwayne Bowe 10 Terrance Copper 17 Lance Long
QB 7 Matt Cassel 12 Brodie Croyle 15 Matt Gutierrez
FB 42 Mike Cox 46 Tim Castille
RB 25 Jamaal Charles 46 Tim Castille 40 Javarris Williams

DEFENSE

LE 94 Tyson Jackson 92 Wallace Gilberry 71 Alex Magee
NT 95 Ron Edwards 70 Dion Gales 69 Derek Lokey
RE 72 Glenn Dorsey 71 Alex Magee 70 Dion Gales
LOLB 50 Mike Vrabel 96 Andy Studebaker 97 Pierre Walters
LILB 53 Demorrio Williams 56 Derrick Johnson 52 David Herron
RILB 51 Corey Mays 59 Jovan Belcher
ROLB 91 Tamba Hali 97 Pierre Walters
LCB 24 Brandon Flowers 23 Mike Richardson 34 Travis Daniels
RCB 39 Brandon Carr 20 Donald Washington
SS 30 Mike Brown 48 Reshard Langford
FS 47 Jon McGraw 35 Ricky Price

SPECIAL TEAMS

P 2 Dustin Colquitt
K 6 Ryan Succop
KO 6 Ryan Succop
PC 43 Thomas Gafford 96 Andy Studebaker
KC 43 Thomas Gafford
H 2 Dustin Colquitt
PR 80 Bobby Wade 14 Quinten Lawrence
KR 14 Quinten Lawrence 25 Jamaal Charles 17 Lance Long