Not all cuts are created equally, some are cuts above the rest. It’s these cuts, these men, who the Chiefs could consider bringing to Arrowhead permanently.
The next week and a half could possibly be as interesting as the three days of the draft for some teams. Last year around this time the Chiefs picked up Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker, James Michael-Johnson, Chad Hall, Sean McGrath, Jaye Howard and Rishaw Johnson. That’s seven guys the Chiefs took a good look at and still have four of them (5 if you count the player the Chiefs traded Rishaw for, Kelcie McCray). Compare that to last years draft when the Chiefs took Eric Fisher, Knile Davis, Travis Kelce, Nico Johnson, Sanders Commings, Eric Kush, Braeden Wilson and Mike Catapano. That’s eight players but only Fisher has really contributed so far and the quality of that contribution is in question to this point.
The point is, there are enough players out there that the Chiefs scouting department has been watching who could fall to the Chiefs even though they sit in the pecking order much further back in the pack than last season.
Let’s take a look at four cut players who the Chiefs could be kicking the tires on.
Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay cut loose of a player who had played for him previously in Chicago: Safety Major Wright. Wright is 5’11” and 204 and has 9 INTs in the past three season. Another Major reason the Chiefs may want to take a peek under the hood is that he’s played in 54 NFL games but is still only 26 years old. Throw in 172 tackles he’s had in the past three seasons and it’s hard to understand why Lovie gave him no love this time around… until you realize that there’s Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson in front of him. The Chiefs are needing a veteran presence at Safety so Major could be the Wright guy… or… Wright could be the Major guy. It works both ways.
Stephen Hill was drafted in 2012 in the 3rd round by the New York Jets. Hill is 6’4” and weighs 215lbs. and runs an official 4.28 40 yard dash. With Jeremy Kerley ascending and then Eric Decker coming to town Hill was pushed down the depth list and his slow development (252 yards in 2012 and 342 yards in 2013) made him expendable. I know the Chiefs sent a clone of Hill in Jon Baldwin packing this past year but Hill has potential and his potential deserves a second look in my book.
Last year Garrett Reynolds was a starting Guard for the Atlanta Falcons. The 27 year old Reynolds has been in the league for five years, has started 23 games and appeared in 42. At 6’7” and weighing in at 310, Reynolds could offer some veteran experience to the youngest line in the league plus he comes with that size that Andy Reid is often fond of. In Detroit, with starters Rob Sims and Larry Warford in front of him, plus ascending interior lineman Travis Swanson coming on as well, there was no place for Reynolds to go except out the door.
Derek Cox is 27 years old, was drafted by the Jags in in 2011 and played there four seasons, then signed with the Vikings in March and was cut a week ago on August 25. Then the Ravens signed him to a one year deal on the 27th, just four days ago but was released on Saturday. Now, Pro Football Talk has reported that Cox is expected to be back with the Ravens 24 hours after being released. That is of course unless someone else picks him up off the waiver wire. When Derek Cox came out of William & Mary he once ran a 4.38 40 yard dash so we know he has the speed to play the position. The Ravens traditionally have a stout defense and if they’re planning something for this CB then perhaps the Chiefs should see what he has to offer before the Ravens try to tuck him away on their practice squad or decide to cut someone else and then bring him back onto their active roster.
LB Dontay Moch- cut by the Cincinnati Bengals
Someone I’m surprised was cut was Dontay Moch by the Cincinnati Bengals. Not so much because he’s a good player now but when he came to the NFL in 2011 he ran the fastest 40 time for linebackers with a 4.40. For a man who’s 6’1” and 248 that’s an amazing time and his tape showed his potential. I guess his time is up… with Cincinnati anyway. I’m not at all suggesting that the Chiefs go after him but I’m just surprised that his career may be over too.
What do you say Addict fans? Who are you hoping ends up in red and gold this week?
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