Out with the Old in with the New

Chiefs GM John Dorsey

It didn't take long for the Kansas City Chiefs to shake up their 2013 roster. Less then 24 hours after getting to the league mandated 53 man roster, the Chiefs cut six players, traded another, added seven new bodies to fill those spots and added eight to their taxi squad.

It's bad enough when the Turk visits you on Cut Down day in the NFL. But it's worse, when he hangs around 24 hours and does it again.

For seven Chiefs, six of them lost jobs, another was traded and seven more, who thought perhaps their NFL dream had ended, found a new home in Kansas City.

You had to know once the Chiefs traded back-up linebacker, Edgar Jones to the Cowboys for a 2014 6th round draft pick, that General Manager, John Dorsey, was going to shake up the bottom end of his roster before the weekend was out.

Thus on Sunday he cut six players, TE Kevin Brock, CB Jalil Brown, LB Zac Diles, S Bradley McDougald, DT Jerrell Powe and WR Devon Wylie. Then scoured the waiver wire and added CB Marcus Cooper, WR Chad Hall, DT Jaye Howard, LB James-Michael Johnson, TE Sean McGrath, LB Dezman Moses and CB Ron Parker to his merry go round roster.

Now will all those players stick, or even further be on the plain ride to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon? It's highly doubtful. One thing is certain though; the Chiefs are never going to stand pat on their weekly roster. It's always going to be evolving.

In making these cuts so swiftly, it does send a clear message to everyone on the 53-man roster that every day continues to be a constant evaluation of talent. In other words, the audition process will never end as long as Dorsey and Head Coach, Andy Reid are in charge.

But these cuts and additions were just the beginning for the Chiefs. Thanks to the collective bargaining agreement they were able to add eight new practice squad players. For the most part, most of these men were with the Chiefs over the summer.

From left to right, S Maclom Bronson, OL Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, WR Frankie Hammond, Jr., TE Demetrius Harris, FB Toben Opurum, T Matt Reynolds and OL Rokevious Watkins.

The biggest omission from this list might be Wide Receiver, Rico Richardson, but the Chiefs felt that Hammond had larger upside. Still I would not rule out the Chiefs adding their former undrafted free agent receiver at some point.

It's not clear the Chiefs will make any other moves on Labor Day but one intriguing possibility is former Arkansas Quarterback, Tyler Wilson. At press time, the one time first round draft pick, had just been cut by the Oakland Raiders thus giving the Chiefs first crack at him should they decided to carry four quarterbacks.

In taking another look at Wilson, whom the Chiefs coaches were impressed with at the Senior Bowl, the Chiefs could be in a fortuitous position of having a pair of young quarterbacks to develop. They already have the sharp shooting, Tyler Bray, and with back-up Chase Daniel struggling for most of the pre-season, why not take a flyer on Wilson.

Time will tell if the Chiefs will actually grab Wilson. But by doing so, they could stick it their division rival. And for me, that's more than reason enough!

Should the Chiefs add QB Tyler Wilson?

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