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1. An analysis of the Chiefs' 53-man roster for start of the 2015 season

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Defensive linemen (6): Allen Bailey, Mike DeVito, Jaye Howard, Rakeem Nunez- Roches, Dontari Poe, Nick Williams.

The big news here is the inclusion of Poe, whose presence on the initial 53-man roster (instead of the physically unable to perform list) signals that he will likely return from back surgery sooner, rather than later. In his absence, Howard, Bailey and DeVito have been the starters.

The release of defensive end Mike Catapano was a bit of a surprise; he did not play last season due to a gastrointestinal virus and concussion, but he's a passionate guy who plays hard and offered some pass-rush upside. But by cutting him, it allows the Chiefs to hold on to 2015 sixth-round pick Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who also offers pass-rush upside, and Nick Williams, a big space-eater up front. The release of undrafted rookie David Irving isn't a surprise, either; but he's big, fast and gifted and would be an ideal candidate for the practice squad."    READ MORE…

Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Players Roster

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2. Starting line comes into focus, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif appears to be part of it

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The identity of the five starting linemen for the Kansas City Chiefs is coming into focus, and the group will likely include Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at right guard.

Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Duvernay-Tardif, who moved into the starting lineup during the preseason, is one of the Chiefs' five best offensive linemen.

"Larry has made a good case for that right guard spot,'' Reid said. "I know that's been kind of a question mark.''"    READ MORE…

3. Understanding the Chiefs' Marcus Peters is a study of talent and temper

By Sam Mellinger - Kansas City Star

"Taiese, who went about 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds at the time, remembers the much-smaller Peters bumping and screaming at him for a bad game. Taiese was tired that day, and now admits that yes, he was getting outplayed. But it was still aggravating to have a smaller teammate — even now, Peters is listed at 6 feet, 197 pounds — essentially challenge his manhood in front of friends and teammates.

The motivation worked, as Taiese's opponent was blocked into submission. "So I went out there and started killing this kid," Taiese says now. "I did that because Marcus was on the sidelines working me.""    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs trade S Kelcie McCray to Seahawks in exchange for fifth-round pick

By Herbie Teope - Topeka Capital-Journal

"The 6-1, 205-pound McCray joined the Chiefs on Aug. 21, 2014 as part of a trade that sent guard Rishaw Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCray, a fourth-year pro, appeared in 16 games with the Chiefs in 2014, recording three total tackles (two solo) on 56 defensive snaps.

While his production on defense may have been limited, McCray made his mark on special teams where he recorded eight tackles the past season. His 301 snaps on special teams ranked third behind linebackers Frank Zombo (367) and Josh Martin (321)."    READ MORE…

5. It's a positive sign that three ex-Chiefs are now playing for other teams

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"They weren't necessarily players who first came to mind when I sensed that some of those discarded by the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend would be playing for other teams when the regular season began.

But center Eric Kush, linebacker James-Michael Johnson and safety Kelcie McCray are the ones who have moved on and will be playing elsewhere. And regardless of who those players might be, having three of theirs playing for other teams is a good sign for the Chiefs.

Kush and Johnson were grabbed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were first in line for waiver claims. There's no telling how many teams put in a claim for both players but it stands to reason more than one did, if the Bucs were so interested."    READ MORE…

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