AFC West: Mike Cox

KANSAS CITY –- There was only one mild surprise on the Kansas City Chiefs’ inactive list Sunday for their AFC wild-card game against visiting Baltimore.

Veteran receiver Chris Chambers was inactive, while newly signed veteran receiver Kevin Curtis is active. Chambers has been disappointing this season and he might have played his final game in Kansas City. Curtis was signed Wednesday.

Also, Brodie Croyle is back to being the Chiefs’ backup quarterback while Tyler Palko is the emergency quarterback. Palko was the backup last week against Oakland. Here are Kansas City’s other inactives: receiver Quinten Lawrence, fullback Mike Cox, safety Reshard Langford, linebacker Charlie Anderson, center Rudy Niswanger and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio. Baltimore had no surprises on its inactive list.

Kansas City Chiefs cutdown analysis

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Check here for a full list of Kansas City’s roster moves.

Biggest surprise: There were some eye-openers on Kansas City’s cut list. Perhaps the biggest surprise was cutting defensive tackle/fullback Derek Lokey. He had a fine training camp and preseason. He appeared to have found a niche for himself as a fullback in short-yardage downs. Fullback Mike Cox was kept. Second-year player Alex Magee was kept ahead of him. Magee, a third-round pick, appeared to be on the bubble. The team cut third-year safety DaJuan Morgan, who was highly valued by the previous regime, but never caught the imagination of the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley regime.

No-brainers: The entire draft class was kept. Haley has lauded this group and he thinks it can be special. Undrafted rookie receiver Jeremy Horne made the team. He was a training camp star, who played well with the first team during the preseason. With Jerheme Urban being put on the injured reserve, Horne could have a role as a rookie.

What’s next: Perhaps Kansas City will pursue a third quarterback. Tyler Palko was cut. Matt Leinart is available. He played for Haley in Arizona and with Matt Cassel at USC. Still, as of Saturday evening, there were no indications that the Chiefs were pursuing Leinart. The team could also look for experience at receiver, the offensive line and on the front seven. Perhaps the team would be interested in a veteran pass rusher such as Derrick Burgess, who was cut by New England.

Chiefs tender and QB news

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The Chiefs just announced that linebacker Derrick Johnson signed his restricted free-agency tender. He was given a first-round tender.

Jonson will now surely be in Kansas City this year. Johnson is an important player for Kansas City, but he has to make sure he stays out of the doghouse of coach Todd Haley. That’s where Johnson started last season.

However, he finished the season strong. Johnson is not a classic fit for the 3-4 defense, but he can still help Kansas City. He’s a playmaker as he showed in the season finale when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in an upset win at Denver.

Offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe also signed his restricted free-agent tender. Fullback Mike Cox signed his tender this week.

Arrowhead Addict is reporting that Kansas City offensive coordinator Charlie Weis met with Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. These types of meetings are common this time of year. But it does show Kansas City has an interest in young quarterbacks. LeFevour is expected to be a mid-round pick.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We are continuing our periodic AFC West rankings with the fullbacks:

1. Lorenzo Neal, Oakland: Neal just signed with Oakland last month and he instantly goes to the head of the class in the division. The fullback may be a dying art form in the NFL, but Neal is one of the greatest ever to play the position. San Diego missed him last year while Baltimore's running game flourished with him. Neal should be a major boost for the Raiders' trio of running backs even at the age of 38.

2. Peyton Hillis, Denver: Hillis is a wild card here. He has been running as a fullback this offseason. But he is a versatile player, who can also see time at tailback and even in an H-back position if the Broncos' coaching staff chooses. He can be much more valuable than a lead blocker.

3. Jacob Hester, San Diego: Hester isn't an ideal fullback because of his smaller stature. But he did get stronger this offseason. Like Hillis, the second-year player is versatile. He can also run the ball in short-yardage situations. He has a chance to be a good player.

4. Mike Cox, Kansas City: Like Hillis and Hester, Cox is as second-year player. He started five games for the Chiefs last season after playing for offensive coordinator Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech in college. He has good size and he may have a decent future ahead of him.

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