The Kansas City Chiefs made a flurry of moves Sunday. Let’s react!
First, the Chiefs’ announced their official 10-man practice squad: WR Josh Crockett, WR Gehrig Dieter, OL Ryan Hunter, DL Dee Liner, QB Chase Litton, LB Rob McCray, S Leon McQuay, C Jimmy Murray, CB Arrion Springs and CB D’Montre Wade.
No big shockers here, but some quick takeaways:
- Big kudos goes out to Josh Crockett and Rob McCray for turning offseason tryouts into practice squad spots.
- The Chiefs keep their starting quarterback’s best friend in Gehrig Dieter.
- I always figured Ryan Hunter was a practice squad candidate when he was in the first-team mix back in OTAs. Hunter last appeared on the Chiefs’ depth chart as the backup left guard prior to roster cuts.
- Leon McQuay is a former Chiefs 2017 sixth-rounder and has been in the system. He provides some safety depth without having to own a roster spot.
- The Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad was especially high on McCray, Arrion Springs and D’Montre Wade, so it is nice to see them all back.
- Here is some good by-the-numbers stuff from old friend BJ Kissel of Chiefs dot com.
- Luckily for the Chiefs, quarterback Chase Litton passed through waivers, so they were able to keep him. That led to...
A surprise! The Chiefs cut Matt McGloin and will go with only two quarterbacks on the active roster.
Going with only two quarterbacks—in this case, Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne—on the active roster is strange for Andy Reid.
“I’m not sure I’ve ever done it with two quarterbacks,” Reid said on a conference call Friday. “We’ll just see how the numbers game goes here. You got to juggle a few things.”
The Chiefs gave McGloin’s free roster spot to...
Guard Ike Boettger, who the Chiefs claimed from the Buffalo Bills.
Boettger is a 6-foot-5, 313-pound offensive lineman who originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2018. Boettger switched from tight end to offensive lineman at Iowa before catching on with the Bills. Boettger last played right guard for the Bills the other night.
This is from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, via Boettger’s draft profile:
Boettger’s frame, play strength and experience playing both guard and tackle will appeal to NFL teams, but concerns over durability may become a hindrance. Teams may be tempted to try and leave him at tackle, but athletic limitations might make a move inside to guard his best option. Boettger’s play is inconsistent, but his physical traits should make him an early backup with a shot at finding playing time down the road.
That makes 10 offensive linemen on the Chiefs roster. Yes...
TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) September 2, 2018
And finally, as expected, S Daniel Sorensen was moved to injured reserve to make room for the returning Ron Parker.
I know Parker could have played better last season, but I like his familiarity with the system, and, at 31, he provides leadership in the locker room. Parker is certainly happy to be back:
So there you have it. 53 players, plus 10.
And away we go.