The late signing of a savvy veteran, combined with the performances of an undrafted rookie, means brittle safety Malcolm Bronson will find himself part of the first cuts.
The team recently added former New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory to the mix. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was quick to give Gregory some work during camp, per ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher:
The Chiefs wasted little time in getting newly signed safety Steve Gregory some snaps in practice. Until signing with the Chiefs on Thursday, Gregory was hanging out at home in Syracuse with his newborn daughter.
The Chiefs appear intent on getting a look at two of their developmental safeties, Malcolm Bronson and Daniel Sorensen. But Gregory's experience from his eight years with the Patriots and Chargers may eventually prove valuable.
It's significant that Teicher references Sorensen. The ex-BYU ace has made a great impression during the later stages of camp.
That's something Teicher noted in another report for ESPN:
Backup safety Daniel Sorensen has consistently displayed good instincts and ball skills since joining the Chiefs in the spring as an undrafted rookie. This practice was no different. Sorensen was the day’s star. He intercepted a pair of passes and broke up another.
Interestingly, Teicher also highlighted Sorensen's special teams expertise. A proficiency in football's third phase often ensures a roster spot for fringe players.
Sorensen's form and versatility will likely assure the end for Bronson. He has been unable to stay healthy since entering the league.
The Chiefs need durable and flexible players behind prospective starters Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah. Jerron McMillian is on hand, but the rotation has already received a blow due to the ankle injury suffered by Sanders Commings.
Gregory and Sorensen have a great chance to stick, but the Chiefs won't carry any more safeties.
That's how the predicted first wave of cuts should shape up.
This is always a difficult time to make judgments of this kind. Camp performances, early depth charts and even preseason action don't always rate as solid indicators of players' chances.
However, it's still obvious that Reid and general manager John Dorsey need to trim a few positions, notably at wide receiver and along the O-line.