In what happens every year as the preseason winds down, roster cuts for each team are necessary as they have to meet the mandatory 53-man roster by the end of August. The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Sunday they have released 14 players, cutting down the roster to 76, and now have until 5pm CT on Aug. 31 to get down to 53.
On that list of 14 players let go is QB Ricky Stanzi, a guy who the Chiefs drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Stanzi played his college ball at Iowa and had been the third string QB on the Chiefs depth chart the past two seasons. The Chiefs brought in QB Tyler Bray as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee and he battled Stanzi for a roster spot. Head coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey obviously saw enough in Bray and his well talked about strong arm to keep him over Stanzi. The Chiefs now have three new quarterbacks on the 2013 roster after last season, something Chiefs fans are probably not opposed to considering the lack of production from the position in recent seasons.
Also released was FB Braden Wilson, a 2013 draft pick in the sixth round out of Kansas State. With the new west-coast style offense Andy Reid is bringing to Kansas City, the full-back position has been revamped. But the Chiefs felt comfortable with the depth they already have at the position and decided to give Wilson the opportunity to hook on with another team.
Here is the full list of releases to this point:
1. QB Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)
2. FB Braden Wilson (Kansas State)
3. CB Vince Agnew (CMU)
4. DE Miguel Chavis (Clemson)
5. WR Terrance Copper (East Carolina)
6. OL Ryan Durand (Syracuse)
7. OL Hutch Eckerson (South Carolina)
8. CB Otha Foster III (West Alabama)
9. OL A.J. Hawkins (Mississippi)
10. DE Rob Lohr (Vanderbilt)
11. CB Kamaal Mcllwain (Newberry College)
12. RB Jordan Roberts (Charleston)
13. WR Tyler Shoemaker (Boise State)
14. CB Neiko Thorpe (Auburn)
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