Kansas City Chiefs cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2013
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Most significant move: The Chiefs decided not to keep tight end Tony Moeaki after he fractured his shoulder in a preseason game. Moeaki may have been able to return to play at some point during the regular season, but the Chiefs decided to move on without him. They kept veteran Anthony Fasano, rookie Travis Kelce and journeyman Kevin Brock at tight end, but the loss of Moeaki leaves a hole. Moeaki had a strong training camp, finally looking like he did as a rookie after missing all of the 2011 season with torn knee ligaments. The Chiefs will have to find his production elsewhere, but it won’t be easy.

Strength in numbers: The Chiefs’ strongest position is linebacker, so they kept 10. Included are a pair of Ivy Leaguers, seventh-round draft pick Mike Catapano (Princeton) and undrafted Josh Martin (Columbia). Neither figures to have much of a role this season unless it’s on special teams, but the Chiefs didn’t want to risk losing either player. The Chiefs also kept another rookie linebacker in fourth-round pick Nico Johnson. Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson were Pro Bowlers last season while the fourth starter, Akeem Jordan, played well in the preseason. Likewise, Frank Zombo and Edgar Jones secured backup spots by playing well in the preseason. The Chiefs also kept 10 defensive backs but they aren’t as deep in the secondary. They’ll play as many as seven defensive backs at one time. Rookie Sanders Commings broke his collarbone on the first day of training camp and hasn’t played or practiced since, but the Chiefs obviously feel he can contribute this season because they kept him on the active roster.

What’s next: By the numbers, the Chiefs didn’t leave themselves short at any position but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking closely at the waiver wire. They could use receiving help at tight end, have little in the way of proven depth on the defensive line and unsuccessfully tried to identify a reliable fourth cornerback in the preseason. Beyond that, general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have shown a willingness to churn the bottom of the roster in search of developmental players.

Kansas City Chiefs cuts: OT Steven Baker, WR Josh Bellamy, S Malcolm Bronson, S Greg Castillo, CB Kennard Cox, DL Marcus Dixon, OL Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., TE Demetrius Harris, S Tysyn Hartman, G Ricky Henry, DE Austen Lane, LB Orie Lemon, TE Tony Moeaki, CB Semaj Moody, FB Toben Opurum, OT Matt Reynolds, WR Rico Richardson, OL Rokevious Watkins, LB Ridge Wilson

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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