What to make of latest Chiefs moves

September, 1, 2013
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There are some things to like but also an ominous sign in today’s flurry of Chiefs roster moves. They claimed off waivers seven players: San Francisco wide receiver Chad Hall, Seattle tight end Sean McGrath, linebackers Dezman Moses of Green Bay and James-Michael Johnson of Cleveland, defensive backs Ron Parker of Seattle and Marcus Cooper of San Francisco and Seattle defensive lineman Jaye Howard.

Released were wide receiver Devon Wylie, tight end Kevin Brock, defensive lineman Jerrell Powe, linebacker Zac Diles and defensive backs Jalil Brown and Bradley McDougald.

It has to be a little bit troubling the Chiefs thought so little of six players at the bottom of their roster that they felt like a change was necessary. That’s generally not how playoff contenders act as the start of the regular season nears.

But applaud the willingness of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid to churn the bottom of the roster in search of better developmental prospects. It’s way too early to know whether of the newest Chiefs are better than the ones just out the door, but if the Chiefs hit on just one of the seven, then it’s great. That’s particularly true because the Chiefs evidently didn’t think much of the guys they just sent away.

Dorsey and Reid are each familiar with one of the new Chiefs. Moses was with the Packers when Dorsey was their director of college scouting. Hall played for Reid with the Eagles.

In other Chiefs news:
  • The Chiefs established an eight-player practice squad comprised of players they recently released: wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., tight end Demetrius Harris, fullback Toben Opurum, offensive linemen Matt Reynolds, Rokevious Watkins and Tommie Draheim, linebacker Darin Drakeford and safety Malcolm Bronson.

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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