The Chiefs Roster: Sure Bets And Maybes


Camp is over, Dwayne Bowe is signed, and it looks like we’ve identified the Right 44. That’s right, by my calculations there are still 9 spots up for grabs. However, as in no other year in recent, or distant, memory the Chiefs will be cutting loose players they’d rather not see go to another team. But, I’m here to tell ya, it’s-a-gonna-happen.

My question for you is — who would you keep and who would you send packing? Below you’ll find my position by position opinion about who will be a “Sure Bet” that the Chiefs are keeping.  After that, it’s up to you Addicts — who would you want to keep with the last 9 active roster spots available? Of course — if you don’t agree with my take on the 44 that the Chiefs will be keeping — I’m sure I’ll here about that too — that’s expected.

In yellow, you will find the players I currently believe to be a “Sure Bet” to stick on the active roster. To the right, you’ll find the “Maybes” in order of who I believe is next in line to gain a spot on the roster.  These are all of the players who coach Crennel will likely be choosing from in the next two weeks.

I’ve included player’s jersey numbers so that as you watch the game tonight — you can look out for the players you like most. So, have at it — and good luck — because it’s a sure bet that making these choices are tougher than they’ve maybe ever been.

OL- I’ve heard C Ron Bruggeman has had an excellent camp. Same goes for Luke Patterson and I’ve been expecting that at some point huge offensive lineman, David Mims, would make the team. Darryl Harris has been working at finding a regular spot on the active roster going on four years now.

TE- If Steve Maneri keeps on trucking it’s hard to see the Chiefs not giving him a roster spot.

WR- Terrance Copper is the journeyman you can count on and has loads of Special Teams clout to boot. I’d guess he gets a roster invitation again.

QB- Alex Tanny is interesting but, he’s just a ten-trick pony.

FB- Since Nate Eachus has flipped to FB he’s made things difficult to call. He also provides a better STs option. If the Chiefs choose to go with no FB they’ll likely employ Hillis and keep Maneri giving them more TEs to fulfill their the FB needs.

DL- It’s hard to see the Chiefs keeping more than 6 DL on the active roster. If Jerrell Powe has a couple more good and solid preseason games like he did against the Cardinals, it’s will be hard to push him to the practice squad again. At this point though— it looks like Ropati Pitoitua gets the nod. Oddly, Amon Gordan, a rising star last year, looks to be on the outside looking in.

LB- During OTA’s and at the beginning of camp — it looked like Dexter Heyman would be getting a roster spot at LB. Now, if the Chiefs keep more than 6 LBs — which is an inordinate amount of LBs — Cameron Sheffield looks like he’s the one deserving.

CB- If Jalil Brown has another solid preseason game — everyone in Who-ville will sleep better tonight. Brown came to camp in great shape and has shined frequently. Arenas and Menzie should round out the CB core.

S- It may be time for Donald Washington to go walking. He came in with such promise and has always been a great athlete — it’s just all unrealized potential.

Alright Addicts, finish the recipe — add a dash of linebacker — a spot of nose tackle — and a pinch of offensive linemen and we can call it soup!

Then we can begin the feast that’s about to be the KC Chiefs 2012 season! Go Chiefs!

 

  • Stacy D. Smith

    The 6th DL spot will go to a versatile player who can play both spots along the defensive line. I think that gives the edge to Amon Gordon. The reports suggest that Ropati’s had a great camp though. I think it comes down to one of them.

    • ladner morse

      What feels really good — is– to be having this conversations. In years past — many years past — we’d be lamenting how much we need more help on the DL but, now the we’re talking about which player who’s playing well deserves to be kept more than another player who’s playing well. This bodes well for the future and is a sign of the times — that the Chief have to some degree — arrived.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        The vastly improved roster is the reason why Chiefs fans spent so much time bickering over Carr defecting to Dallas. This roster hasn’t had this much talent in over a decade. Losing players is commonplace in New England or Pittsburgh. We just didn’t know it here in Chiefs kingdom because we haven’t had that kind of consistency from a player personnel standpoint.

        • carrforcomphobbs4trade

          carr-ellis hobbs. look at their last numbers in KC and NE respectively. same player, same production, same result. 3rd rd pick here we come

          • ladner morse

            I don’t really get the Carr and Hobbs comparison. Carr 6-0 and Hobbs 5-9. Yes, they both play (ed) corner but Carr is more fast while Hobbs was quick and fast. Plus — Hobbs was a very successful return guy and I don’t think that has been a part of Carr’s career.

            I get it — that both Hobbs and Carr left their original teams after 4 seasons and Hobbs had 9 INTS and Carr 8 — but they are very different players… and Hobbs career ended two years after he left NE.

  • BigGil

    I’m still seeing 7 DL making the cut. Otherwise I agree with most of your list. Glad to see I’m not the only one pretty much chalking up both Draughn & Gray as locks.

    • ladner morse

      It’s hard for me to see how they can keep any of the FBs over Draughn or Gray. I’m also hoping that Jerrell Powe picks it up again on Game day — sometimes that happens — a player is a gamer but, not that great in practice — that seems to describe Powe so the preseason games are big for him.

      • bannoniwonder

        crennel lights up when he talks about bannon. you never know if they go light at DL and OL to do it

        • ladner morse

          I think Bannon is more of Pioli’s guy than Crennel’s and at this point I’m guessing that they’d like to keep Eachus more than Bannon because of his versatility… pass catching… running,,, special teams.

  • steve james

    I see Maneri,Bellamy,Pitoitua,Gordon,and Sheffield making the roster, cant see them going. I think Bellamy may go to the practice squad if he drops more in a game situation though. He sure looked like he had a big upside in the one day I saw him in camp though.

    • ladner morse

      I’ve heard that about Bellamy from several people who visited camp. If he can catch a few balls in games it would help. That drop last week was a bad sign for him.

  • KC_Fanactic69

    Powe was on the 53 man roster the entire year. He was only suited up for a few games and then only played a few downs. I’m sure they were afraid they’d lose him if they tried to put him on the Practice Squad. I’m thinking it’ll be Amon Gordon who gets cut & that they keep Pitoitua.

    I’m also gettin both Gray & Draughn make the cut and either Bannon or Eachus get placed on the PS. I’d not be surprised if 1 of them got hidden on IR.

    Haley had no problem going lite on OL last yr but I think Crennel will keep 1 more this yr but Im not at all sure who. The 7 you have are locks.

    WR’s is another area up in the air. We can’t keep all of them I’d like to so I’ll bet Belamy & Hemingway go to the PS. Hemingway may end up on IR. Copper may be the odd man out though.

    The LBs is another area where we lose some good players. Sheffield is definitely a keeper. Either Greenwood, Campbell, & Miller make the roster – maybe 2 of them and the others go to the PS.

    I don’t see us keeping more than 9 DBs total. D. Washington is likely gone and one or two of the young guys makes he PS.

    Maneri is a lock to be on the final 53.

    • ladner morse

      Crennel is going to have to skrimp somewhere to keep other players he likes at other positions. It will be interesting for sure. I’m really pulling for Maneri. He could actually make the Chiefs deep at TE… and help out at FB.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    Nice article Ladner. DD and I were talking about this the other day. He thinks the Chiefs will keep 8 DL, I see 6, maybe 7. the only thing I question is Daniels. I don’t think he is a lock to make this team. I expect him to, but I don’t think he has a secure spot.

    • ladner morse

      Hey Merlin… yep it’s he curious case of Travis Daniels… I just think his versatility wins the day… it’s not like I think anyone… except for a few… are absolute “locks” to make the team… but, Daniels seems to have a positive history and they know they can count on him. That’s the reason I put him on my sure bet list… but, you never know… and stranger things have happened.

      • Danny W

        Have no doubt in my boy Daniels, not only should he be backing up Flowers instead of Jalil, He may need to be starting over Arenas at the slot.

  • Big Lee

    Hope Chiefs will explore trading some guys, even if all you get in return is a 7th-rounder. They appear to be cutting some guys who have value.
    How many OL will be kept? I can recall seeing Harris on ST, so that spot must be manned by someone with versatility. Great post, :Ladner!

    • ladner morse

      Wow… it hadn’t even occurred to me that the Chiefs might be in a position to trade some guys. Trading some lower echelon players for draft picks would be awesome and then some of the even lower rung players can step up and step in and fill their place on the roster…. like Stacey Smith pointed out… “we haven’t had that kind of consistency from a player personnel standpoint.” It will be interesting to see if Pioli does anything like that.

  • Guest

    Very well done. Here is my take on the whole roster:

    Offense

    Defense

    Special Teams

    Practice Squad

    Number
    Name
    Position

    Number
    Name
    Position

    Number
    Name
    Position

    Number
    Name
    Position

    Quarterbacks

    Nose Tackle

    43
    Gafford, Thomas
    LS

    4
    Tanney, Alex
    QB

    7
    Cassel, Matt
    QB

    98
    Toribio, Anthony
    NT

    6
    Succop, Ryan
    K

    14
    Symanski, Matt
    K

    9
    Quinn, Brady
    QB

    92
    Poe, Dontari
    NT

    2
    Colquitt, Dustin
    P

    8
    Bellamy, Josh
    WR

    12
    Stanzi, Ricky
    QB

    95
    Powe, Jerrell
    NT

    38O
    Bannon, Shane
    FB

    Running Backs

    Defensive End

    97
    Bailey, Allen
    DE

    25
    Charles, Jamaal
    RB

    94
    Jackson, Tyson
    DE

    5
    Markshausen, Zeke
    WR

    40
    Hillis, Peyton
    RB

    72
    Dorsey, Glenn
    DE

    39
    Baker, Mikail
    CB

    32
    Draughn, Shaun
    RB

    99
    Gordon, Amon
    DE

    75
    Cheadle, Justin
    OL

    42O
    Gray, Cyrus
    RB

    77D
    Pitoitua, Ropati
    DE

    Wide Receivers

    Inside Linebacker

    82
    Bowe, Dwayne
    WR

    56
    Johnson, Derrick
    LB

    89
    Baldwin, Jon
    WR

    52
    Siler, Brandon
    LB

    22
    McCluster, Dexter
    WR

    59
    Belcher, Jovan
    LB

    15
    Breaston, Steve
    WR

    55
    Sheffield, Cameron
    LB

    19
    Wylie, Devon
    WR

    Outside Linebacker

    10
    Copper, Terrance
    WR

    91
    Hali, Tamba
    LB

    Tight Ends

    50
    Houston, Justin
    LB

    81
    Moeaki, Tony
    TE

    96
    Studebaker, Andy
    LB

    80
    Boss, Kevin
    TE

    93
    Greenwood, Cory
    LB

    87
    Maneri, Steve
    TE

    Cornerback

    85
    O’Connel, Jake
    TE

    24
    Flowers, Brandon
    CB

    Offensive Tackle

    26
    Routt, Stanford
    CB

    76
    Albert, Brandon
    T

    30
    Brown, Jalil
    CB

    74
    Winston, Eric
    T

    21
    Arenas, Javier
    CB

    71
    Allen, Jeff
    OL

    49D
    Menzie, DeQuan
    CB

    79
    Stephenson, Donald
    OL

    35
    Reeves, Jacques
    CB

    Offensive Guard

    Strong Safety

    65
    Lilja, Ryan
    G

    29
    Berry, Eric
    SS

    73
    Asamoah, Jon
    G

    32
    Elam, Abram
    SS

    Center

    Free Safety

    61
    Hudson, Rodney
    C

    23
    Lewis, Kendrick
    FS

    60O
    Bruggeman, Rob
    C

    34
    Daniels, Travis
    CB

    Cut

    90
    Bair, Brandon
    DT

    48O
    Biere, Tim
    TE

    57
    Campbell, Caleb
    LB

    45O
    Eachus, Nate
    FB

    45D
    Ellis, Dominique
    CB

    42D
    Fanor, Jean
    DB

    48D
    Fenner, Chandler
    DB

    66
    Harris, Darryl
    G

    46
    Hartman, Tysyn
    DB

    88
    Hemingway, Junior
    WR

    53
    Heyman, Dexter
    LB

    68
    Holland, Cam
    C

    11
    Horne, Jeremy
    WR

    70D
    Johnson, Ethan
    DL

    71D
    Jones, Edgar
    LB

    17
    Kinnie, Brandon
    WR

    60D
    Long, Jerome
    DL

    51
    Miller, Gabe
    LB

    70
    Mims, David
    LB

    84
    Newsome, Jamar
    WR

    31
    Parks, Terrance
    DB

    77O
    Patterson, Luke
    OL

    67
    Ranglin, Rich
    OL

    38D
    Thorpe, Neiko
    DB

    27
    Washington, Donald
    SS

    13
    Weaver, Aaron
    WR

    66D
    Williams, Leon
    LB

    Willis, Ray
    T

    Not sure what the rest of you Addicts, think, but I’m excited for this roster!!! Go Chiefs!

    • ladner morse

      Hard to read this post but, are you saying you think Alex Tanney will make the Chiefs roster?

    • Danny W

      Dude! Not only did you make history on the first post but you went ahead and tweaked it and then had the stones to post it again! Bravo. Seriously!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RockyKCKPennington Rocky KC Chiefs Pennington

    I think Steve Maneri and David Mims will make the team cause Romeo Crennel seems to like them so theres no way those 2 are getting cut i like those 2 players to

    • ladner morse

      Maneri I agree with and understand… but, Mims may be placed on the practice squad — and then if he does go there — he’s one I can see being picked up by another team. Do I want that … no but, I can see it happening.

  • Guest

    Very well written, and great analysis. Here’s my take on the whole roster:

    Offense

    Number

    Name

    Position

    Quarterbacks

    7

    Cassel, Matt

    QB

    9

    Quinn, Brady

    QB

    12

    Stanzi, Ricky

    QB

    Running Backs

    25

    Charles, Jamaal

    RB

    40

    Hillis, Peyton

    RB

    32

    Draughn, Shaun

    RB

    42O

    Gray, Cyrus

    RB

    Wide Receivers

    82

    Bowe, Dwayne

    WR

    89

    Baldwin, Jon

    WR

    22

    McCluster, Dexter

    WR

    15

    Breaston, Steve

    WR

    19

    Wylie, Devon

    WR

    10

    Copper, Terrance

    WR

    Tight Ends

    81

    Moeaki, Tony

    TE

    80

    Boss, Kevin

    TE

    87

    Maneri, Steve

    TE

    85

    O’Connel, Jake

    TE

    Offensive Tackle

    76

    Albert, Brandon

    T

    74

    Winston, Eric

    T

    71

    Allen, Jeff

    OL

    79

    Stephenson, Donald

    OL

    Offensive Guard

    65

    Lilja, Ryan

    G

    73

    Asamoah, Jon

    G

    Center

    61

    Hudson, Rodney

    C

    60O

    Bruggeman, Rob

    C

    Defense

    Number

    Name

    Position

    Nose Tackle

    98

    Toribio, Anthony

    NT

    92

    Poe, Dontari

    NT

    95

    Powe, Jerrell

    NT

    Defensive End

    94

    Jackson, Tyson

    DE

    72

    Dorsey, Glenn

    DE

    99

    Gordon, Amon

    DE

    77D

    Pitoitua, Ropati

    DE

    Inside Linebacker

    56

    Johnson, Derrick

    LB

    52

    Siler, Brandon

    LB

    59

    Belcher, Jovan

    LB

    55

    Sheffield, Cameron

    LB

    Outside Linebacker

    91

    Hali, Tamba

    LB

    50

    Houston, Justin

    LB

    96

    Studebaker, Andy

    LB

    93

    Greenwood, Cory

    LB

    Cornerback

    24

    Flowers, Brandon

    CB

    26

    Routt, Stanford

    CB

    30

    Brown, Jalil

    CB

    21

    Arenas, Javier

    CB

    49D

    Menzie, DeQuan

    CB

    35

    Reeves, Jacques

    CB

    Strong Safety

    29

    Berry, Eric

    SS

    32

    Elam, Abram

    SS

    Free Safety

    23

    Lewis, Kendrick

    FS

    34

    Daniels, Travis

    CB

    Special Teams

    Number

    Name

    Position

    43

    Gafford, Thomas

    LS

    6

    Succop, Ryan

    K

    2

    Colquitt, Dustin

    P

    Practice Squad

    Number

    Name

    Position

    4

    Tanney, Alex

    QB

    14

    Symanski, Matt

    K

    8

    Bellamy, Josh

    WR

    38O

    Bannon, Shane

    FB

    97

    Bailey, Allen

    DE

    5

    Markshausen, Zeke

    WR

    39

    Baker, Mikail

    CB

    75

    Cheadle, Justin

    OL

    Cut

    90

    Bair, Brandon

    DT

    48O

    Biere, Tim

    TE

    57

    Campbell, Caleb

    LB

    45O

    Eachus, Nate

    FB

    45D

    Ellis, Dominique

    CB

    42D

    Fanor, Jean

    DB

    48D

    Fenner, Chandler

    DB

    66

    Harris, Darryl

    G

    46

    Hartman, Tysyn

    DB

    88

    Hemingway, Junior

    WR

    53

    Heyman, Dexter

    LB

    68

    Holland, Cam

    C

    11

    Horne, Jeremy

    WR

    70D

    Johnson, Ethan

    DL

    71D

    Jones, Edgar

    LB

    17

    Kinnie, Brandon

    WR

    60D

    Long, Jerome

    DL

    51

    Miller, Gabe

    LB

    70

    Mims, David

    LB

    84

    Newsome, Jamar

    WR

    31

    Parks, Terrance

    DB

    77O

    Patterson, Luke

    OL

    67

    Ranglin, Rich

    OL

    38D

    Thorpe, Neiko

    DB

    27

    Washington, Donald

    SS

    13

    Weaver, Aaron

    WR

    66D

    Williams, Leon

    LB

    Willis, Ray

    T

    Not sure what you think, Addicts, but I’m stoked for this 2012 roster whichever way Coach Crennel and crew decide to go! Go Chiefs!

    • ladner morse

      Yes… and that kind of reminds me of the feeling a lot of people had right before the draft — no one had a dramatic preference for who to pick because there was no way to mess it up. Plus, I’m feeling more and more trusting of this regimes decision making so it’s going to be exciting no matter what happens.

    • Danny W

      Congratulations this is by far the longest post I’ve ever seen on any chiefs blog.

  • whyyyyy

    Cam sheffield, a maybe? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    im sorry,but really? there arent other options. he just had a huge game. pioli has spoke about him this offseason in a glowing fashion.
    that is one of the more laughable things ive read. Id bet all my money that sheffield is a chief, if it means IR, if it means the 53, whatever, they are NOT cutting cameron sheffield. goodness

    • ladner morse

      I was listening to Chiefs announcer Mitch Holthus just a couple of days ago and he said he thinks the Chiefs will only carry 6 LBs. If that’s the case… I don’t think they are demoting Andy Studebaker… but, I guess anything is possible.

      Also, if Sheffield doesn’t make the 53 then he will be on the practice squad. I wouldn’t project the Chiefs cutting him at all. The only other option is a trade… and I just don’t see enough of a performance record for them to get anything out of Sheffield… yet.

  • ArrowFan

    I’m sorry but we don’t need both Gray and Drone on the active roster. Unless JC is goling to get hurt again. We are going to half to pick one of them.