Andy Reid and his coaching staff have one more preseason game and a few practices left before they trim the 75-man roster to 53. Like the rest of the league, the Kansas City Chiefs will likely play their starters briefly and let those fighting for a roster spot get most of the playing time.
Reid and his staff need to see the backups play a lot of minutes to figure out whom they want to keep and let go.
In this slideshow, I will go over Kansas City’s most difficult calls for remaining cuts that the team will make.
Although Ricky Stanzi was one of the players let go in the first round of cuts, that doesn’t mean Tyler Bray has earned his spot in Kansas City quite yet.
Reid is familiar with Bray and knows what his potential is. But can he live up to it?
Expect Bray to get a lot of playing time against the Green Bay Packers in the final preseason game. It will be Bray’s last chance to make a case for himself and prove he deserves to be on the team.
Although the Chiefs have just three quarterbacks, don’t put away the possibility of Reid signing a newly released quarterback and putting Bray on the practice squad, or perhaps letting him go.
Chiefs fans can talk about Tony Moeaki and how much potential he has. The reality is, he is having a hard time living up to that potential.
Moeaki’s career has been derailed due to the amount of injuries he has suffered since being drafted in 2010.
With Anthony Fasano added during the offseason and Travis Kelce drafted back in April, Moeaki is likely to just be placed on injured reserve as another tight end will take his spot on the 53-man roster.
Following the 2013 season, the Chiefs’ interest in retaining Moeaki could be very low.
Rico Richardson is possibly the fastest Chiefs player in camp along with Jamaal Charles. But will his speed help him make the team?
Richardson has made a few plays throughout the preseason and has one more chance to make an impact. He’s had opportunities to make the team as a returner and receiver, but with the Chiefs dominating on special teams, Richardson has to focus more on making the team as a receiver.
But even then, that might be a tall order for Richardson.
The Chiefs have Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie and newly recruited A.J. Jenkins as part of their receiving corps and the five guys likely to be on the 53-man roster.
It is unlikely that the Chiefs carry more than five wide receivers to the regular season, making Richardson’s chances of making the team very challenging and slim.
Like Richardson, Junior Hemingway has to work with the hand he’s been dealt.
Although the receiving corps isn’t stacked, there might not be room for Hemingway, even after his touchdown grab last week. The most likely situation for Hemingway is to have a big game against Green Bay.
If Hemingway does come through, the player he may barely pass ahead of is Devon Wylie to survive the cut.
Despite playing at Kansas, Bradley McDougald made a name for himself as an individual and quickly drew interest from the Chiefs right after the draft. But McDougald finds himself in a challenging situation while being surrounded with talent at the safety position.
Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis are the projected starters, while Husain Abdullah appears to be the top backup safety. After those three, Quintin Demps and Tysyn Hartman have shined on special teams and will likely get a spot on the team.
The most likely situation is that McDougald will remain with the team on the practice squad and will come up if a safety gets hurt.