Now let's take a look at some of the surprises after the Chiefs roster cuts.
1. Tyler Bray to IR
This is the biggest one in my humble opinion. We wondered all offseason long how the Chiefs would handle their four quarterbacks. They all showed enough promise that you wanted to keep all of them. The Chiefs waited until the second half of the final preseason game before an injury to Bray came up, allowing them to place him on IR. This means they can keep Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Aaron Murray on the roster.
2. Cairo Santos over Ryan Succop at kicker
If all things were equal, which we think they were between these two, go with the cheaper one. That's what the Chiefs did here. They'll gain some cap space with this swap.
3. Cyrus Gray AND Joe McKnight
One of the debates this week was whether it would be Gray or McKnight. It was Gray and McKnight. I imagine one of both of them are near the bottom of the roster and could be shuffled around depending on performance. The Chiefs must like McKnight because he wasn't able to show much during the preseason.
4. Four tight ends
Tight end seemed like the easiest position on the Chiefs to project and we all got it wrong. They kept Richard Gordon for a fourth tight end. The top three everyone had were Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris. Interesting decision to keep four.
5. Chiefs opening day receivers
Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway, AJ Jenkins, Albert Wilson, Frankie Hammond.
6. 2013 draft pick goes down
Starter Joe Mays is out for at least six weeks and Nico Johnson still couldn't make the roster. He must have been far down the list. Instead Josh Mauga made the team and appears primed to possibly start in Week 1 (with Frank Zombo also seeing time there).
7. Mike Catapano to NFI
He has some sort of illness that has kept him out all but a handful of days since July 30. Andy Reid recently indicated they weren't sure what it was. He will land on the non-football injury list. Best of luck to Catapano.
8. Joe Mays remains on the roster
The short term IR is available to use on one player. Could that be Mays? The Chiefs can't place him on short term IR until Tuesday so they'll have to carry him on the roster ... if that's their plan. The alternative is to carry his spot on the roster while awaiting his recovery, which isn't ideal.
9. New faces at safety
Daniel Sorensen and Kelcie McCray are the two reserve safeties. Sorensen is an undrafted free agent out of Andy Reid's favorite school BYU while McCray came to Kansas City from Tampa Bay as part of the Rishaw Johnson trade. Some inexperience here.
10. Mild surprises
Players that some people had on their 53-man rosters:
- S Malcolm Bronson
- G Ricky Henry
- K Ryan Succop
- CB DeMarcus Van Dyke