Kansas City Chiefs cut-down analysis

August, 26, 2014
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Most significant move: When the Kansas City Chiefs released Jerron McMillian, they parted ways with their only reserve safety who has started an NFL game. Two of the four backup safety candidates, Jonathon Amaya and Kelcie McCray, have NFL experience, but the others, Malcolm Bronson and undrafted rookie Daniel Sorensen, have never played in an NFL game. This should be of concern because starter Eric Berry has yet to play in a preseason game because of what the Chiefs are calling tendonitis in his heel. Berry has returned to practice, but look for the Chiefs to shop for an experienced backup depending on how they feel about Berry's prospects of making it through the season.

Dressler gets released: Former CFL star Weston Dressler didn’t even make it to the final round of cuts. Dressler never showed the skills for the Chiefs that made him a prolific receiver in the CFL, and it became obvious early in training camp Dressler wasn't going to stick with the Chiefs. After signing Dressler, the Chiefs drafted a small, fast slot receiver candidate in De'Anthony Thomas and signed another one in Albert Wilson. Both players showed more aptitude for the NFL game as a receiver and kick return specialist than Dressler did.

What’s next: The Chiefs still have interesting roster decisions at several positions. Among them is quarterback, where they will likely have to decide between developmental candidates Tyler Bray and rookie Aaron Murray. At wide receiver, the Chiefs have to decide whether younger players like Frankie Hammond Jr. and Albert Wilson are more valuable as backups than returning players such as Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins. The Chiefs will also have to choose between veteran kicker Ryan Succop and rookie Cairo Santos.

Chiefs' cuts: WR Deon Anthony, DL Jairus Campbell, DB Sanders Commings, DL Jermelle Cudjo, WR Weston Dressler, OL Otis Hudson, WR Jerrell Jackson, CB Brandon Jones, CB Vernon Kearney, OL Ryan McKee, DB Jerron McMillian, CB Kevin Rutland, TE Adam Schiltz, CB Damond Smith, WR Darryl Surgent.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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