Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Mark Harrison goes through pass and catch drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Make Minor Roster Moves

The Kansas City Chiefs have made a couple of minor roster moves the last few days, so let’s get you caught up.

Thursday the Chiefs released defensive lineman Chas Alecxih from the roster. Alecxih is a third year player from Pittsburgh who spent time with the Miami Dolphins. He’s never appeared in an NFL game according to Pro Football Reference.

The Chiefs replaced him with wide receiver Mark Harrison, a wide receiver who went to college at Rutgers and spent some time with the New England Patriots last season. Harrison was one of the four tryout players from the recently completed minicamp.

Harrison makes 13 wide receivers on the roster heading into training camp. This could obviously change between now and July 24 but it seems as if the Chiefs are doing everything they can to see if they can improve the competition on the team at the position. There’s probably no other position on the Chiefs roster that’s weaker than the wide receiver group.

At 6-3, 235, Harrison is a large receiver who clocked in at 4.46 in the 40 at the NFL combine in 2013. He was productive in college and is in the top 20 all-time in Big East history in touchdown receptions and yards per catch. Consistency has been an issue for him, and he went undrafted last year due to some off-field concerns. The physical tools are there, however, so he is an interesting guy to keep an eye on.

Estimates have the Chiefs at 89 players on the roster so Kansas City has one open spot left to work with between now and training camp should a player catch their eye. Roster cut downs do not begin until mid-August, and the Chiefs must be down to 53 players by the start of the regular season.

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  • Reggie Flenory

    I hope we keep harrison and cut dressler we need his size on t he outside

    • Harry Mills

      If keeping Harrison means that Harrison learned something from BB slamming the door in his face, that’d be a good thing. Harrison doesn’t look especially explosive, but it may be very difficult to find anybody who can run with him who’s big enough to mess with him. Dude has tree-trunk legs (for a WR).

      I really like the competition in that OW group. I see the Canadian player as JAG, in there with Williams, Wilson, and DAT. If this were my team, I’d be biased towards DAT and Wilson, because of the proven crossover to HB potential in their resumes. At 5’9⅜” and 200 lbs, Wilson is darn close to LOOKING the part of an HB. Williams and Dressler would have to show me something head-and-shoulders above DAT and Wilson, before I kept either of them over either DAT or Wilson.

      But if I’m not mistaken, there’s some HB in Dressler’s resume, as well. But the guy I want to see get his fair share of OW snaps is DAT. I just think he’s gonna be a guy who’s extremely tough to defend, and will quickly become a part-time (5 touches, +/-) fixture on the regular offense.

      I know NOTHING about Deon Anthony as a wideout. I know nothing about Vernon Kearney, other than Kearney’s only carrying 185 lbs on that 6’2” frame, that Roger’s talking about. It’s really tough for a schmuck at my distant remove to know anything about these guys, other than that Dorsey seems to able to turn over lots of rocks to find better athletes from some out-of-the-way places.

  • unclejesse40

    I still am holding out hope that we will bring in Brandon Coleman once the Saints cut him closer to the end of the preseason. I think Reid could get really creative with him around the goal line.

    • berttheclock

      So, you want the other Rutgers wide out starter, eh? Cooper might have put a good word in for Harrison as they practiced against one another in 2012

      • unclejesse40

        Heck, just make Harrison a corner or safety.

  • Roger Mihalko

    get vernon kearney (6.2, 4.40 speed) to convert back to wideout, him added in with Bowe( 6.2, 4.50 speed) and harrrison (6.3 4.40 speed. Thats a nice sized trio to throw to.

    Your mix at slot….Hemmingway, Avery, Jenkins, Dressler…gets even better.

    can the players work out on their own? not sure if the new CBA covers that. Call Alex smith and get all these guys to go to one of the colleges in town) and do their own mini camp….could get in more reps and timing before camp. Hell get the other 3 qb’s and the Tight ends and make it a throwing/catching/route running mini camp.

    Just a thought.

    • Harry Mills

      I don’t THINK players getting together on their own is something the CBA covers. Nor do I think this on-your-own thing is all that widespread.

      But it DOES seem as though it’d be something players would do to get an edge. I think watching Cassel STRUGGLE to get that ‘chip-and-wheel’ (pick and roll?) timing down, with Jamaal. They were so poor at their basic 2-man tactics, I always felt that Cassel and Charles SHOULD be in each other’s hip pockets during the off-season, working on their timing.

      I’m one, who, over on ArrowheadPride, always questioned Jamaal’s ability to catch the ball. Maybe he’s grown, but maybe I’m just seeing a not-shitty QB!

  • berttheclock

    Before he was cut by New England for being late for OTAs, there was word he might be placed in a move TE position. One of the knocks against him has been inconsistent hands and not running precise routes. Originally, he was picked up by the Bears, but, fractured his foot.

  • Andy

    My opinion is our OL is the weak point as of now. If a QB has no time or play action isn’t working because of an ineffective run game, the WR position is mute. Besides, it is the TE position that makes this offense move the chains.

  • Hawthorne

    Likely WRs in order of best to worst: Bowe, Avery, Hemingway, Jenkins, Hammond, DAT. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jenkins or Hemingway go though. None of us care much for Avery, but I doubt he gets cut.