Good morning, Addicts!
Andrew asked me to pitch in and help with the Morning Fix today, so here I am. With the preseason now over, the real excitement of Fall and football is about to begin.
It all starts today with the roster cuts. The Chiefs have to cut their roster down to 53 players by tonight at 6 pm eastern. While we can project who most of the cuts will be, every year there are some surprises. Stay tuned to Arrowhead Addict for all your up to the minute Chiefs info.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
In praise of Bray
Reid was pleased with the performance of rookie quarterback Tyler Bray, who threw three touchdown passes with one interception in the Chiefs’ 30-8 win over Green Bay, but he’s not ready to move him ahead of Chase Daniel as the No. 2 quarterback behind Alex Smith.
“We’ve got a couple of good players there,” Reid said of Daniel and Smith. “We felt very good about the way Tyler performed. Does he have room to grow? Absolutely. That’s what’s exciting about the whole thing. He handled what we threw at him and executed well and has a little knack for throwing the football.”
Reid said it’s still uncertain how much time tight end Tony Moeaki (shoulder fracture) and wide receiver Devon Wiley (hamstring) will miss and how much that will impact team officials’ decisions on cutting the roster from 75 to 53 players by 5 p.m. Saturday.
As for rookie inside linebacker Nico Johnson, who missed the preseason game against Green Bay with a high ankle sprain, Reid was hopeful to have him back for the season opener at Jacksonville.
“I don’t think it was a real bad one … not that any high ankle sprain is a good one,” Reid said. “There are different variations, and this was on the lower end of it. He’s not used to missing practice or games. I’m not sure he’s ever missed. He’s been after (the trainer) about letting him go … and practice. We’ll see what it looks like this next week. We’ll see what he can do day by day.”
But we haven’t heard a peep from the Chiefs.
There’s good reason for that.
The Chiefs have some positions where injuries will dictate the construction of the 53-man roster.
Injuries to Tony Moeaki, who could miss all, or part of the season with a shoulder fracture; wide receiver Devon Wylie, whose hamstring pull is similar to the injury that short-circuited most of his rookie year last year; and inside linebacker Nico Johnson could have the Chiefs scanning the waiver wire to see where they can pick up some depth at those spots or other areas coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey may feel need improvement.
4. The Eagles’ Chip Kelly, with his fast-break football on display in Philadelphia, will be the most exciting and talked about new coach among the eight offseason hires in the headset fraternity. But it will be “Big Red,” now wearing red in Kansas City, who gets the last laugh. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid was the only guy to jump from one full-time gig in the NFL coaching ranks to another this offseason, and he’ll show that experience really does count for something, leading the talented and vastly improved Chiefs from 2-14 to an AFC wild-card berth.
As I recall, I didn’t review his re-tread hiring in Kansas City all that positively. But I’ll wind up eating those words.