Chiefs cut Ricky Henry, sign Ryan Taylor
The Kansas City Chiefs made a pair of roster moves on Thursday. General manager John Dorsey released guard Ricky Henry and replaced him with tight end Ryan Taylor. Henry was with the Chiefs last year and remained on the practice squad, never appearing in a regular season game.
Henry’s release signals that Kansas City is pretty happy with the depth along the offensive line. Henry would have likely come in and competed behind the likes of Ben Grubbs, Paul Fanaika and Zach Fulton, hoping to make the roster as a fourth guard. In reality, the odds were pretty slim that he would make the cut.
Taylor comes in after being with the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns over the past two years. Taylor will try to carve out a role on the offense but the odds are stacked against him. In front of Taylor on the depth chart are Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and 2015 fifth-round pick, James O’Shaughnessy. Most teams only carry three tight ends on the roster, so without an injury, Taylor is likely a practice squad candidate at best.
Kansas City has been famous for churning its roster more than most teams since Dorsey arrived from Green Bay in 2013. Not surprisingly, Dorsey has been able to find some valuable assets in the choppy waters with guys like Ron Parker, Sean McGrath and Marcus Cooper. It never hurts to add someone to the mix and see if they can stick.