1. A breakdown of the Chiefs' newest 53‐man roster
By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star
"The Chiefs cut their roster down from 75 to 53 men on Saturday. Here's the opening‐day roster, as of Saturday.
Quarterbacks (3): Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray: The knee and ankle injuries to Tyler Bray were fortuitous, allowing the Chiefs to keep all four of their quarterbacks. They just couldn't pass on the chance to keep developing that rare arm talent." READ MORE…
Photos of the Kansas City Chiefs full team roster.
2. Kansas City Chiefs cut-down analysis
By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com
"Most significant move: The Kansas City Chiefs are going with an undrafted rookie kicker, Cairo Santos, instead of veteran Ryan Succop. The competition through training camp and the preseason was close. The difference may have been money. Succop was due $2 million from the Chiefs this year. Santos will make $422,000. Santos is only 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, but the ball jumps off his foot. The Chiefs expressed no fear throughout training camp about going with a rookie as their kicker, lending an air the job was Santos' to lose. He never did anything to indicate he would.
No more QB dilemma: The Chiefs didn't want to part with any of their four quarterbacks, so Tyler Bray's knee and ankle injuries from Thursday night's preseason game in Green Bay were very convenient. The injuries allowed the Chiefs to put Bray on injured reserve. His season is over but the Chiefs retain his rights. Bray has a lot of ability, but he wasn't going to help the Chiefs this year. Their quarterback depth chart now reads Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and rookie Aaron Murray." READ MORE…
3. 7 former Alabama players released in NFL roster cutdown
By Mark Inabinett - AL.com
"Two former Alabama players who did not participate in any preseason games survived the NFL roster cuts to 53 players on Saturday, while seven other ex-Crimson Tide standouts were released as teams reached the regular-season limit.
The Seattle Seahawks kept wide receiver Kevin Norwood and the St. Louis Rams retained center/guard Barrett Jones. Norwood, Seattle's fourth-round draft pick in May, missed nearly all of training camp after having a bone spur removed from his foot, but is nearing a return. Jones missed all of his rookie season after having foot surgery, then had back surgery two weeks ago. At a Saturday press conference, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said, "Barrett's going to be down for a few weeks." READ MORE…
4. NFL preview: Repeat or a one‐year wonder?
By Steve Drumwright - San Francisco Examiner
"AFC West: After a regular season that was the envy of most any team in NFL history, the Denver Broncos and their high‐powered offense were embarrassed in the Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks 43‐8.
So to go along with NFL MVP Peyton Manning and an offense that scored the most points in NFL history, the Broncos beefed up their defense by adding pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib. Losing Eric Decker to free agency and the recurrence of concussion issues for Wes Welker could hurt the offense." READ MORE…
5. Players with local ties set to make big impacts in the NFL this season
By Brandon Gurney - Deseret News
"The NFL season kicks off this Thursday, and with it a number of former local standouts are set to make big impacts with their respective teams. Throughout the coming season local fans will have ample opportunity to see those they cheered for at both the local collegiate and prep levels play big roles as professionals.
Utah State fans will want to tune in for the league's opening game, which features former Aggies Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin playing for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks versus the Green Bay Packers. The kickoff weekend wraps up late Monday night with former Utah Ute Eric Weddle starring at safety for the San Diego Chargers in their game versus the Arizona Cardinals." READ MORE…
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