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Projected Chiefs Roster for 2010

From the Kansas City Star today – a look at what the Chiefs will probably start the season with against the Chargers.  I will have some commentary later today.

Here’s one estimate of what the Chiefs’ roster will look like on Saturday:

QUARTERBACK (3)
Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Palko.

•Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs go into the season with only Cassel and Croyle. But Croyle’s preseason injury could scare the Chiefs into keeping three. The Chiefs also might look for a third quarterback to take Palko’s place.

RUNNING BACK (4)
Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, Jackie Battle, Tim Castille.

•Fullback Mike Cox looks as if he’s out. He’s not playing on some of the special teams, and last week the Chiefs gave his main job as the lead blocker in short-yardage and goal-line situations to Derek Lokey, a defensive lineman.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Chris Chambers, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Terrance Copper, Jeremy Horne, Jerheme Urban.

•Copper sticks because he’s a standout on special teams, and Horne because he’s fast and has some potential. Despite the fact Urban was playing in the fourth quarter of last week’s game, he’s probably safe.

TIGHT END (3)
Leonard Pope, Tony Moeaki, Jake O’Connell.

•There appears to be little for the Chiefs to discuss about this position. O’Connell dropped more than his share of passes, but the Chiefs don’t appear ready to give up on him yet.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, Rudy Niswanger, Ryan Lilja, Ryan O’Callaghan, Barry Richardson, Jon Asamoah, Ikechuku Ndukwe.

•This plan gives the Chiefs either Wiegmann or Niswanger as a backup at center, Ndukwe, Asamoah and Niswanger as reserves at guard and Richardson and Ndukwe as spares at tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
Tyson Jackson, Ron Edwards, Glenn Dorsey, Shaun Smith, Derek Lokey, Wallace Gilberry.

•Alex Magee would be a surprise if he’s cut — but only because he was the Chiefs’ third-round pick last year. The Chiefs may keep him for that reason even if his play doesn’t warrant it.

LINEBACKER (9)
Mike Vrabel, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jovan Belcher, Andy Studebaker, Cameron Sheffield, Corey Mays, Demorrio Williams, David Herron.

•This assumes Sheffield will be ready to play soon. If not, the Chiefs might keep Pierre Walters or more likely go with eight. The Chiefs like Herron as a special-teams player.

DEFENSIVE BACK (10)
Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas, Mike Richardson, Maurice Leggett, Eric Berry, Jon McGraw, Kendrick Lewis, Donald Washington, Reshard Langford.

•This assumes Leggett will be ready to play soon. If he’s not, the Chiefs might keep Travis Daniels or go with nine. Ten is a lot of bodies for the secondary, but the Chiefs will find a way to play all of them — even if just on special teams.

SPECIALIST (3)
Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Gafford.

•The Chiefs have no decisions here unless they go without a kicker, punter or long snapper.


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