Three players trying to save their roster spot

As evidence by the release of second year receiver Will Franklin more than a month ago, Scott Pioli and Todd Haley have zero tolerance for underperforming players or players brought in by Herm Edwards whom they have nothing invested in. Franklin’s release was the result of Scott Pioli stealing a page out of father in law Bill Parcell’s playbook. The play is simple when you take over a team you cannot completely turn over a roster in just one off season so you release a player who appears to be safe to get the players attention and keep them on their toes, soon every player is giving every thing they have in off season camps because they do not know who could be next. I would not expect any more sudden releases before training camp but three players in particular have a lot of things working against them, being drafted by Herm Edwards, consistently underperforming and chronic injuries. These three players will have to show they have turned new leafs in training camp just to keep a spot on the roster.

Jeff Webb: As a rookie Webb flashed some potential, but during his second and third seasons Webb was unable to win a starting receiver spot. Despite facing competition from the likes of a thirty four year old Eddie Kennison, Sammie Parker and Devard Darling, Webb was unable to beat those players out and subsequently found little playing time. It is unlikely Webb will be on the final 53 man roster come early September unless he is able to turn back into the human highlight film he was back at San Diego State.

Kolby Smith: During Smith’s rookie season he turned in a awesome 181 yard performance against the Raiders and looked like the real deal and eventual replacement to Larry Johnson . Since that performance Smith has had two strait seasons derailed by season ending injuries. Showing a propensity for being on the injured reserve list is no way to win a roster spot and you can take it to the bank that Pioli is well aware of Smith’s durability issues. Pioli is also aware of Smith’s talent and production, Smith will have to prove his durability during training camp and into the preseason to keep his roster spot.

Brodie Croyle: In just three seasons Brodie went from project to quarterback of the future to injured and a bust. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride for Croyle who wrestled the starting quarterback spot from Damon Huard late in year two only to suffer multiple injuries that season and after being handed the staring job last season he was knocked out for several weeks in the season opener against the Patriots only to return against Tennessee and not even make it out of the first half without sustaining another injury that cost him the remainder of the season. In three seasons Croyle has produced 1400 passing yards six touchdowns and four severe injuries, not a good stat line for a QB. The Chiefs are no longer looking for a QB of the future, after the trade for Matt Cassel the Chiefs are simply looking for a capable backup. Croyle may have the most to prove of any of these three players but even if he is cut and has to move on to another team it is not all bad news for Croyle he is of course married to a former Miss Alabama contestant.chiefs-2


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