The Kansas City Chiefs announced several roster moves earlier this morning. From their official press release:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has elevated offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins to the active 53-man roster and waived tight end Kevin Brock. Additionally, the team has signed tight end Dominique Jones to the club’s practice squad roster.
The Chiefs brought Brock back to the roster when Anthony Fasano was out for an extended period of time. Now that Fasano is back and they have a healthy Sean McGrath as well, it appears that Chiefs general manager John Dorsey feels that he no longer needs Brock’s services.
As for bringing Watkins onto the 53-man roster, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid explained that move was made in order to hold on to the young player. From Terez Paylor:
“Good offensive linemen are hard to find, so people are obviously keeping their eyes on him. We were able to make this move to be able to keep him on our football team.”
I would imagine it has something to do with the offensive line getting nicked up in the first eight games. There were several times that one of the big men up front went down during the game and required assistance to the sideline. Though the Chiefs have been extremely fortunate in the injury department thus far, this was a safe move by Dorsey.
Finally, bringing another tight end onto the practice squad to groom, isn’t a bad idea. Without knowing all the “behind the scenes” that happens, it’s tough to say why the Chiefs cut Brock only to bring in Jones, but Dorsey hasn’t really been wrong yet, so who am I to second guess him?
Finally, I’ll say that many though the roster move of cutting Brock last evening was so the Chiefs could reactivate rookie defensive back Sanders Commings who broke his collar bone during the preseason and was placed on the IR-Designated to Return list. While on that list, he doesn’t take up a roster spot, but as soon as he’s ready to play, the Chiefs have make a spot available for him. With these moves, it doesn’t appear as if he’s ready to come back quite yet.