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By Geoff Schwartz and Mitch Schwartz
The Kansas City Chiefs announced roster moves on Sunday, including the signings of 10 practice squad players.
Below is a look at today's transactions.
Chiefs' roster tracker: KC announces its practice squad from The Kansas City Star
6:02 p.m. — The Chiefs announced the final four signings to the practice squad, including inside linebacker Tyrell Adams, receiver Seantavius Jones, running back Darrin Reaves and safety Brock Vereen.
Analysis: Adams, Jones and Reaves all flashed throughout camp, while Vereen is a former fourth-round pick only two years ago who was recently claimed off waivers. The Chiefs want to get a long look at him. He and Hammond will be the two practice-squad "veteran" exceptions.
The Chiefs claimed inside linebacker Sam Barrington offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann on waivers Sunday, turning over two more roster spots as the team prepares to open the 2016 season.
The Chiefs waived inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and offensive lineman Jordan Devey to clear roster space for the waiver moves.
Green Bay drafted Barrington in the seventh round of 2013 draft. The 25-year-old inside linebacker has played in 22 games with eight starts over the past three seasons for the Packers.
The Chiefs' other inside linebackers -- Justin March, D.J. Alexander and Ramik Wilson -- all are headed into their second NFL season. March projects to be the starter, at least initially, and he's never so much as played in a regular-season NFL game.
Barrington, 25, isn't a veteran in the sense Johnson is, but he's headed into his fourth NFL season and started eight games for the Packers. That makes him experienced for the Chiefs at his position, relatively speaking.
Chiefs brought in six players for workouts on Saturday from The Kansas City Star
Minnesota running back David Cobb: A fifth-round pick of the Titans a year ago, Cobb (5-11, 225) rushed for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns on 313 carries as a senior. He rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 52 carries as a rookie.
Harvard center Anthony Fabiano: Initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in April, Fabiano (6-4, 280) played in 32 career games for the Crimson.
Darrin Reaves, Frankie Hammond return on Chiefs practice squad from Chiefs Digest
The 6-1, 184-pound Hammond joined the Chiefs in 2013 as an undrafted free agent and spent the season on the team's practice squad. The receiver played 25 games the last two years for Kansas City, mostly on special teams and as a kick returner.
Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan head the list of former Chiefs joining the practice squads for new teams. Arizona picked up Murray and Cleveland added Hogan for their practice squads.
Eight of the Kansas City Chiefs' nine draft picks made their 53-player roster, and some will play a significant amount beginning on Sunday, when the team opens the regular season against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan, one of the Chiefs' two fifth-rounders, was the only one of their picks who didn't make it. Here's a look at the eight roster survivors and what the Chiefs can expect from them this season:
Kansas City shows faith in Tyler Bray, but will really miss Justin Houston. I thought Kevin Hogan would be a great Andy Reid project, and the Stanford kid may have an NFL future still as a member of the Chiefs' practice squad. But Hogan, a fifth-round pick, and Aaron Murray couldn't beat out Tyler Bray as the Chiefs' third QB. Nick Foles sticks as Alex Smith's backup ... Biggest worry about the Chiefs, to me, is Justin Houston missing at least the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. Houston, who led the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014, was a shell of himself for most of last season, missing five games and having 4.5 sacks in the last 11 games he played, then having offseason knee surgery. He's still not right. The Chiefs are a good team with a potential playoff defense, but that's diminished significantly without their best pass-rusher.
Chiefs claim two players on waivers, fill out practice squad from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Kansas City also filled out its practice squad by signing linebackers Terrance Smith and Tyrell Adams; offensive linemen Daniel Munyer and Jarrod Pughsley; defensive backs Shak Randolph and Brock Vereen; wide receivers Frankie Hammond Jr. and Seantavius Jones; defensive tackle David King and running back Darrin Reaves.
Ross Travis Makes Kansas City Chiefs' 53-Man Roster from Onward State
The Chaska, Minn., native was a high-flying force for the Nittany Lions during his career in Happy Valley, proving athleticism certainly wouldn't be an issue for the 23-year-old, but hammering down the intricacies of playing tight end in the NFL — especially learning how to block — came naturally to Travis.
He's currently listed third on the depth chart out of four tight ends to make the roster, joining starter Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and James O'Shaughnessy.
Chiefs cut two quarterbacks to keep Tyler Bray from The Knoxville News Sentinel
Former University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray survived cuts from the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, making the team's 53-man roster.
That was no easy task considering Kansas City entered the preseason with five quarterbacks on its team.
NFL Preview Week: 10 make-or-break players for 2016 from Yahoo! Sports
Ford was not a draft selection that was warmly embraced by Chiefs Nation. It happened right at the heights of the powers of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali as a pass-rushing duo. But with both of them now facing serious injury concern — namely Houston, who will miss a big chunk of the season — it's time for Ford to warrant his first-round spot. A three-sack game against the San Diego Chargers last December (granted, it came against a player who was cut the next day) shows Ford has some pass-rush chops. It's time to showcase that ability on a broader stage. The Chiefs face some talented quarterbacks, especially in the first half of the season. Ford must rise to the occasion and disrupt a few of them.
NFL Season Preview: Healthy Chiefs ready for some football from Lindy's Sports
As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to open their 2016 regular-season schedule against AFC West rival San Diego, they are as stable, talented and healthy as any time in the four seasons that Andy Reid and John Dorsey have been in charge.
Yes, they will be without their best defensive player, outside linebacker Justin Houston, for at least six weeks as he rehabs a surgically repaired knee.
Still, they welcomed back running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali from knee injuries. Safety Eric Berry is in the building and ready to play. And they managed to get through training camp and the preseason with minimal physical damage, losing only one starter: inside linebacker Josh Mauga (hip).
Middle Georgians ready for start of season from The Telegraph
Kansas City is one of two teams with two Middle Georgians on its roster as Steven Nelson (Northside) is also with the Chiefs. The Houston Texans' roster includes Kareem Jackson (Westside) and Keith Mumphery (Dooly County).
Raiders' Reggie McKenzie learned tricks from one of trade's best from The Sacramento Bee
Thompson, who succeeded Wolf at Green Bay, and Schneider, now the general manager with the Seattle Seahawks, both created Super Bowl championship teams, like their former boss. Dorsey took a Kansas City Chiefs franchise that had endured five losing seasons in its last six and turned it into one that has made the playoffs twice in his three years. McCloughan, from Alameda, improved the losing Washington Redskins into a divisional champion in one year. It was McCloughan's second stint as a general manager - 49ers fans will remember him during the team's mediocre 2008 and 2009 seasons.
With his other protégés having experienced varying degrees of success, Wolf thinks McKenzie's time has come "to get on with it."
AFC West season preview: the Broncos could well go from first to worst from The Guardian [already in English]
This Kansas City team are a classic Reid club. They have a solid, though not elite, quarterback in Alex Smith who is a statistical equal of the NFL's top passers but nonetheless falls just short of their metrics. They also have skilled playmakers like Jeremy Maclin and Jamaal Charles and an ability to put up points. Just like Reid's Eagles, these Chiefs have teased and yet fallen short.
Ultimately it might be their defense that takes them to the top. That is a bit of an irony for Reid who is solidly an offensive coach. The biggest key to Kansas City's success is pass rusher Justin Houston who tore his ACL last winter and hopes to be on the field by midseason. If the Chiefs can get Houston back with eight games to play and he can be the dominant pursuer of quarterbacks, he and Derrick Johnson could anchor a defense that will at least complement Kansas City's offense and maybe finally let the Chiefs win big.
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF DUVERNAY-TARDIF from TVA Sports [translated (poorly) from the original French]
The Quebecers should start the season with the Kansas City Chiefs, his third in Goodell circuit, and shortly complete his studies.
Duvernay-Tardif impresses enormously south as north Moreover, the Canada-US border.
The Chiefs also booked him a long text on the course he borrowed.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 2016 PREVIEW from Play It USA [translated (poorly) from the original French]
Here perhaps the problems start to come out. I never liked Andy Read since the times of the Eagles, now over the years I think is just getting worse and harakiri to the playoffs in 2014 against Indianapolis it was the demonstration.Also this year, with one of the defensive lines of 2015 and the rookie Peters that if was not at least one interception per game was not happy, you could not miss the quarter-final against New England, taking into account that the deductible of Massachusetts It came from a vintage where due to various injuries, showed the worst offensive line of the entire NFL. Okay they faced Brady and Gronkowsky, but this is no excuse. Reid's reappointment leaves me truly perplexed.