The Chiefs don't have to make roster cuts until after the 4th preseason game which is a change from previous years. Under the old rules they'd get down to 75 players in the first round of cuts and then to the 53 man roster after the final preseason game. Now there's only one round of cuts, as the Chiefs will carry about 90 players until September 2nd.
So there's still some time for some to make a splash and make this roster. But if I'm cutting today, here's how I get to 53. I'm calling it the 53 for me!
“He hit me pretty hard,” said Conley, who had a concussion scare in the Chiefs’ divisional-round loss to Pittsburgh in January. “I mean, I felt the hit. But I wonder what it would have felt like in an old helmet.”
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Seattle on Thursday in preparation for Fridays game.
The game itself pits Kansas City against an old AFC West foe in the Seattle Seahawks. The two teams met twice a year from 1977 to 2001, with Kansas City winning 30 of the 47 contests. The Chiefs have maintained that success even following Seattle’s departure to the NFC, winning three straight regular season games (2006, 2010 and 2014) against the 2013 Super Bowl Champions.
“I hope to get back out there at some point in the regular season, maybe in the first three games,’’ Ehinger said. “I’m not writing off [the season]. It’s hopefully going to be in the foreseeable future that I’ll be back out there.’’
He’s missed the first two games recovering from a heel injury sustained in training camp, but Berry has been practicing this week and is expected to participate (as are defensive linemen Chris Jones and Roy Miller). Phillip Gaines started at right cornerback against the Bengals. The Chiefs wanted to see him work against A.J. Green. Reid said he liked how Gaines played after battling injuries much of his career. “I thought it was great work for him,” Reid said. “He came out feeling pretty good physically and he kept battling which was beautiful to watch.”
“I think you want to go out there and execute regardless of what you’re running,’’ Smith said regarding the importance of playing well in Seattle. “I think as a unit you want to go out and have success. Rarely does [preseason success carry over to the regular season], but if you’re not doing the fundamentals correctly in preseason -- blocking, tackling, running, catching, throwing -- I think you have problems there. You want to go out there and be able to do those things well.
One day, the self-described “shy” defensive back was approached by one of the Seahawks’ defensive stars after practice.
“I just stayed to myself when I first got to Seattle,” Parker explained. “I was just always by myself and kind of quiet. One day, Earl [Thomas] walked up to me and was like ‘Man, you can come over to my house and just chill. I see you out there. You make plays on the field…and seem like a cool guy.’
“I just want to bring you up and teach you the ropes,” Parker recalled Thomas telling him.
“The one thing they do is they do a great job of letting their personality show, and there’s some great personalities on this football team,” Reid said.
“And for them all to come together like they do and respect each other and push each other, challenge each other, it’s a fun thing to watch,” Reid explained. “They’ll do it on Sundays but they’ll also do it on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.”