AFC West: Bryan Mattison

Chiefs cut YouTube star QB

May, 2, 2013
Alex Tanney may be able to hit a moving truck from his living room, but he won’t be connecting with receivers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs cut four players including the quarterback. Tanney was on injured reserve last year after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He was never considered a NFL top prospect. Tanney, though, was a national curiosity because of a YouTube video that created a star. Tanney is a trick-shot artist and the video showed him making several incredible passes.

But that doesn’t mean anything in the NFL world.

With Tanney gone, former fifth-round pick, Ricky Stanzi, may be next on the chopping block. The Chiefs have four quarterbacks on the roster; Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Stanzi and undrafted free agent Tyler Bray. If Bray performs well in training camp, he is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback.

The Chiefs also cut fullback Patrick DiMarco, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison and linebacker Cory Greenwood.

In another AFC West note:

In an Insider piece, Chris Sprow thinks Insider Oakland and Kansas City could be in the market for a top quarterback in the draft. I’d add the Chargers to that list if Philip Rivers has a bad year.
Rodney Hudson -- the center of the present and future in Kansas City -- has been lost for the season with a knee injury. The Chiefs placed Hudson on the injured reserve list Wednesday.

This blow is two-fold. One, it dramatically changes the Chiefs’ offensive line, and two, it stunts the development of a good, young player.

For the immediate future, the Chiefs will likely do what they did Sunday when Hudson got hurt. Guard Ryan Lilja moved to center and rookie Jeff Allen took his place at guard. Newly signed Russ Hochstein can challenge or give insurance to Allen at guard if this is the way the Chiefs go. The team was hoping Allen would start next year. Hochstein can also play center.

The team also signed center Bryan Mattison. He has four NFL starts. He will provide depth at center.

For Hudson, this ends a promising first year as a starter. The team was very happy with his play. Hudson will be back next year, but instead of getting a full season’s worth of experience in his second NFL season, he will be beginning his third season with just four games (he started once last year) of starting experience.

Ultimately, I think the Chiefs will survive this move because of the experience of Lilja and the insurance of Hochstein if Allen struggles.

UPDATE: Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel confirmed Wednesday that Lilja will be the starter at center and Allen will start at guard moving forward.