Projecting the Kansas City Chiefs' Final 53-Man Roster After Preseason Week 2

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Projecting the Kansas City Chiefs' Final 53-Man Roster After Preseason Week 2
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Week two of the preseason was not very kind to the Kansas City Chiefs. The first team defense looked horrible and Sam Bradford torched the secondary for 102 yards and two touchdowns.


Offensively, the starters moved the ball decently and it seems like Matt Cassel is very comfortable in his new scheme.

With two more games left to prepare, the Chiefs have much work to do in order to prepare for opening day.

 

Offense

QB - Matt Cassel, Ricky Stanzi, Brady Quinn

Out - Alex Tanney

Tanney is clearly a camp arm, and hasn't received any looks during the two preseason games. The team looks set on the trio of Cassel, Quinn and Stanzi. Quinn may have earned a leg up on the backup role, considering how bad Stanzi looked against the Rams.

 

RB - Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis, Cyrus Gray, Shaun Draughn

Out - Shane Bannon, Patrick DiMarco, Nate Eachus

Do the Chiefs have a roster spot for a fullback? It sure doesn't seem like they will be using one much, and they may just rely on tight ends. The blocking of Steve Maneri may come in handy here. Shaun Draughn has played exceptionally well this preseason and will certainly be on the roster.

 

TE - Tony Moeaki, Kevin Boss, Steve Maneri

Out - Tim Biere, Jake O'Connell

Steve Maneri lost an incredible 40 pounds this offseason, and his new found speed looks to have earned him a roster spot. Maneri is a former offensive tackle, so his blocking will be useful as well.

 

WR - Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Steve Breaston, Devon Wylie, Terrance Copper, Dexter McCluster

Out - Josh Bellamy, Junior Hemingway, Jeremy Horne, Brandon Kinnie, Zeke Markshausen, Jamar Newsome

This was a pretty set group all along, and new faces like Josh Bellamy and Jamar Newsome have shown a little promise, but will likely be a victim of a very deep receiving core.

 

OL - Brandon Albert, Donald Stephenson,  Ryan Lilja, Jeff Allen , Rodney Hudson, Robb Bruggeman , Jon Asamoah , Eric Winston, David Mims

Out - Ray Willis, Justin Cheadle, Darryl Harris,Rich Ranglin

The Chiefs spent some early draft picks in order to add some much needed depth on the offensive line. Rookies Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen are being counted on to fill some very important backup spots in 2012.

 

Defense

DL - Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, Glenn Dorsey, Amon Gordon, Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe, Anthony Toribio

Out - Ethan Johnson, Jerome Long, Luke Patterson, Ropati Pitoitua, Brandon Bair

There may be an underlying battle between some of the depth ends and nose tackle Jerrell Powe. Powe was on the bubble early, but may have played his way on to the squad lately. Brandon Bair and Ropati Pitoitua could be kept on if the Chiefs stick with two nose tackles.

 

LB - Justin Houston, Andy Studebaker,  Tamba Hali, Cameron Sheffield, Derrick Johnson, Cory Greenwood , Jovan Belcher, Brandon Siler

Out -  Caleb Campbell, Edgar Jones, Gabe Miller, Dexter Heyman

This group took a major hit when Tamba Hali was suspended for week 1, but there is not a lot of wiggle room here. Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston are entrenched as the starters. Valuable role players like Andy Studebaker and Brandon Siler fill out the linebacker corps.

 

CB - Brandon Flowers, Javier Arenas, Travis Daniels, Stanford Routt, Jalil Brown, DeQuan Menzie

Out - Jacques Reeves, Chandler Fenner, Mikail Baker

This secondary looked like it was on the cusp of becoming elite, then Brandon Flowers got hurt. Flowers was seen in a walking boot earlier this week, and his presence was sorely missed in the St. Louis game. Stanford Routt was brought in to replace Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas will be at the nickle corner spot.

Jalil Brown and DeQuan Menzie offer some young quality depth, but Brown struggled mightily when he was thrust into the starter role last weekend.

 

S - Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Abe Alam, Donald Washington

Out - Terrance Parks, Neiko Thorpe, Dominique Ellis, Jean Fanor, Tysyn Hartman

The unquestioned starters are Berry and Lewis, and behind them there are some real question marks. Lewis injured his shoulder last weekend, and it will be interesting to see if Donald Washington can replace him adequately during the early part of this season.

 

Special Teams

P - Dustin Colquitt

K - Ryan Succop

H- Thomas Gafford

Out - Matt Syzmanski

No surprises here. All these spots have been locked up for a while.

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