Quarterback Chase Daniel called the period of cuts the worst time of the year. "I think the most difficult time of the year regarding football is the time right now where in five days, you have to go from 90 to 75 to 53," he said. "You see a lot of your friends, a lot of guys you might have been playing out there with out of work, out of a job. It's always a tough spot, especially when you come together as a team throughout camp, so it's difficult."
However, there remain decisions that Andy Reid and his coaching staff must make at three positions: right guard, right tackle and one of the inside linebacker spots. Whether due to uneven performances or injuries (or both) there are not clear starters at each spot for the game against the Texans. Here’s a look:
Fans think it's easy to be an NFL player. We often hear the trope that athletes get millions to "play a game." But fans don't see the work these jocks put in when the cameras aren't on them during the game or at an award show, night club or Whole Foods parking lot. That's when the work gets done. Long days on the field. Living in the locker room. Blood, sweat, tears AND GOING HAM ON ... WHAT IS THAT? IS THAT MARIO KART?
"Most likely the twos will start it off, I’ll make that decision once we’re there," Reid said Tuesday. "They got good work today, along with the threes, so good chance they get quite a bit of playing time."
Practice was upside down for the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. The starters won’t play in Thursday night’s preseason game at the St. Louis Rams, so those players worked on the scout team while the backups took the work normally reserved for the starters. Here are the players who, based off what I saw in practice, will start for the Chiefs in St. Louis:
The latest person to dump the Broncos and jump on the Chiefs bandwagon: former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez. "I think the Chiefs are going to win the AFC West this year. I really do," Gonzalez said on KCTV5. His reason is simple: overpowering defense. "With the return of Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry on the defensive side of the ball, if Dontari Poe can pick up where he left off as one of the most dominant nose guards in the league, with Justin Houston coming on the edge, they're going to be phenomenal. One of the best defenses in the league," the Chiefs great said.
Recently released Andrew East was the snapper on kicker Cairo Santos’ missed extra point in the Chiefs’ 34-10 preseason win over the Titans on Friday, but special teams coach Dave Toub said the miss was not East’s fault. "We’ll fix it," Toub said. "There was nothing else with the operation — the snap and the hold were all good. It was strictly Cairo."
The Kansas City Chiefs have to be down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, less than 48 hours after they finish up their preseason slate against the St. Louis Rams. While Kansas City is trying to go for an undefeated record in the exhibition campaign, the focus this week will be on the final roster moves. With the roster currently sitting at 75 players, I’m going to take one final stab at the final 53-man roster.