AFC West: Da'Rick Rogers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs spiced up the often-dull world of January player signings with the addition of quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Both moves are interesting. At quarterback, the Chiefs now have a crowded field of five: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and Pryor.

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There aren’t enough snaps for five quarterbacks at training camp anymore, not with practice sessions limited to one per day. Bringing five to camp makes no sense, but the Chiefs suddenly have a lot of possibilities and a lot of things to sort through at quarterback, so we shouldn’t sleep on the possibility.

Still, logic says the Chiefs will trim a quarterback long before then. It won’t be Smith, whom they just signed to a long-term contract extension as the starter. It doesn’t appear the Chiefs are ready to give up on either of the developmental prospects, Bray or Murray, without seeing them in one more cycle of offseason practices, training camp and the preseason.

That leaves Daniel or Pryor. Daniel is expensive as a backup. The Chiefs would save his salary of $3.75 million by releasing him from his contract. That’s a big savings for a team that figures to need all of the salary-cap space it can find.

Even if they release Daniel, Pryor’s roster spot is hardly a sure thing. He’ll have some things to prove to the Chiefs when they begin practice. He was, briefly, a starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 but they gave up on him quickly.

That, plus the fact he couldn’t get a job in 2014 despite working out for multiple teams, would indicate the Chiefs are taking a huge leap of faith by merely handing him their No. 2 quarterback job.

As for Rogers, he’s talented. He’s 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and fast for a big receiver. While playing for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, he had a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in which he caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, a performance that would have qualified as a good season for a Chiefs wide receiver in 2014.

But Rogers has had many off-field problems. He acknowledged failing three drug tests in college at Tennessee. He was arrested in September for DUI.

Rogers is a gamble but one with limited risk. If he has turned himself around the Chiefs might have a find in Rogers.

Quick Take: Chiefs at Colts

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Three things to know about next week's Kansas City Chiefs-Indianapolis Colts wild-card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium:

1. Containing Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs running back finished with 106 yards on 13 carries in the first matchup between the two teams on Dec. 22. But those yards don't tell the whole story. Charles gained 37 yards on Kansas City's opening series. That means the Colts held one of the NFL's premier all-around players to only 69 yards the rest of the game. Indianapolis will have to do the same again because Charles has proved that he can run the ball -- he ran for 226 yards against the Colts in 2012 -- and he had 195 yards receiving against the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 this season. Charles finished the season with 1,287 yards rushing, 693 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns.

2. Do it on defense. Yes, Andrew Luck is the Colts' most valuable player, but they'll need their defense to play well. They're heading into the playoffs with the defense getting 11 sacks and forcing eight turnovers during their three-game winning streak. The Colts sacked Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith four times to go with four turnovers in the game. Indianapolis held Kansas City to 287 yards of total offense.

3. Continue to protect the quarterback. The offensive line has done a good job protecting Luck. He was sacked only three times in the final three games of the season. The ability to keep the young quarterback on his feet has helped the Colts' passing game, as he was 26-of-37 for 282 yards in the season finale against Jacksonville on Sunday. Luck also completed 67 percent of his passes to receivers with six touchdowns and only one interception in the final four games of the season. He had completed only 50.5 percent of his passes to his receivers in the first five games without Reggie Wayne.

You know what you're going to get out of receiver T.Y. Hilton. But fellow receivers Da'Rick Rogers, LaVon Brazill and Griff Whalen are about to step into unfamiliar territory. The three have developed a nice continuity with Luck. The playoffs aren't the time for them to have a setback by showing their inexperience. The Colts won't be able to run their no-huddle offense if Luck can't depend on them to get open and catch the ball.

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