The K.C. Chiefs wrapped up their 2021 preseason Friday night with a 28-25 win over the Minnesota Vikings. As soon as the game ended, the collected focus of Chiefs fans everywhere turned to which players would make the final 53 man roster. Teams must turn their cuts in by Tuesday afternoon to get down to 53 players. Depending on when you are reading this, it’s possible the Chiefs have already announced some or all of those decisions.
I’ll let you inside this writer’s thought process here for a moment. It’s sometimes tricky to write about something when you know news could break at any moment that could make what you wrote obsolete. I didn’t want to just ignore the 53 man roster cuts, since that is what everyone is thinking about this week. Yet if I was to write a 53-man roster projection on Sunday afternoon that goes up for you to read Monday morning, only to have the Chiefs announce their cuts 20 minutes later, that’s not ideal. Instead I decided to dig into the toughest decisions that the Chiefs had to face when making their roster cuts.
Regardless of if you are reading this before or after cuts are announced, the pros and cons of keeping four tight ends remain the same, as does the pros and cons of the decision to keep Daurice Fountain versus Cornell Powell. The good news is that the Chiefs have so many tough decisions, a sign of just how deep and talented this team is.
So let’s kick this discussion off with one of the most debated positions, wide receiver.