Meet the Chiefs’ 53-man roster following final cuts
, meet the 53-man roster of the Chiefs

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  1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  2. Darrel Williams
  3. Jerick McKinnon
  4. (FB) Michael Burton

Waived: Darwin Thompson & Derrick Gore.

Andy Reid loves having a fullback in the team. Thompson’s time with Chiefs is likely over. Expect Gore to return to the practice squad.

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  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Blake Bell
  3. Noah Gray
  4. Jody Fortson

The Chiefs keep all four tight ends who were on the 90-man offseason roster. Andy Reid suggested that the team could overload themselves at certain positions if they had enough talent. Fortson showed that he belongs in Kansas City by his performance on offense and special team.

“He snatches his tail,” Chiefs HC Andy Reid stated on Tuesday. “He’s earned that cut. It was his attitude throughout, just positive attitude and fighting to get a spot. This is the common thread that brought him to this point. It was a matter becoming more consistent and growing in size. He was a college quarterback, a receiver, and a tight end. He’s had a variety of positions .”


Don’t be surprised if Fortson was the second tightest end on the team at the end of the season.

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  1. Tyreek Hill
  2. Mecole Hardman
  3. Demarcus Robinson
  4. Byron Pringle
  5. Daurice Fountain

Waived: Cornell Powell, Maurice Ffrench, Darrius Shepherd & Dalton Schoen.

Released: Marcus Kemp & Gehrig Dieter.

For some, the news of rookie WR Cornell Powell’s suspension will be shocking. Chiefs Wire has been covering Powell’s story since training camp. His case was not helped by the preseason.

Marcus Kemp’s release may come as a big surprise, but he should be back on the 53-man roster after moves to injured reserve for some offensive linemen. He is not eligible for waivers as a vested veteran.

Chiefs fans will be happy to learn that Daurice Fountain made the 53-man roster. He was a former minicamp tryout rookie. He was able to do repetitions with the second- and first-team teams during training camp and preseason. He is very grateful for the opportunity.

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  1. LT Orlando Brown Jr .
  2. LG Joe Thuney
  3. C Creed Humphrey
  4. RG Trey Smith
  5. RT Lucas Niang
  6. OL Mike Remmers
  7. OL Nick Allegretti
  8. OL Andrew Wylie
  9. OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  10. OL Austin Blythe

Waived: Prince Tega Wanogho, Wyatt Miller & Darryl Williams.

Traded: Yasir Durant

PUP: Kyle Long.

The Chiefs negotiated their offensive line logjam almost as well as anyone could have expected. Blythe, Duvernay–Tardif and Blythe could be headed to short-term injured reserve. This could allow the team to sign Marcus Kemp and other released players.

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  1. Derrick Nnadi
  2. Jarran Reed
  3. Tershawn Wharton
  4. Khalen Saunders

Waived: Tyler Clark.

There are not many surprises here. The Chiefs usually have four defensive tackles. It was sensible to keep four defensive tackles on the roster, as Chris Jones made the switch to defensive end.

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  1. Chris Jones
  2. Frank Clark
  3. Alex Okafor
  4. Mike Danna
  5. Joshua Kaindoh

Waived: Tim Ward, Demone Harris & Austin Edwards.

Non-football injury list: Malik Herring.

The Chiefs will start with five defensive ends, likely due to the versatility of Tershawn Wharton. Ward’s absence from the squad is disappointing.

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  1. Anthony Hitchens
  2. Willie Gay Jr.
  3. Nick Bolton
  4. Ben Niemann
  5. Dorian O’Daniel
  6. Darius Harris

Waived: Omari Cobb, & Emmanuel Smith.

With Willie Gay Jr. dealing with an injury, the Chiefs opted to keep six linebackers on the 53-man roster. O’Daniel is expected for his special-teams prowess. Harris could replace Gay if Gay is unable to make it.

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  1. Charvarius Ward
  2. L’Jarius Sneed
  3. Rashad Fenton
  4. Mike Hughes
  5. DeAndre Baker
  6. Chris Lammons

Waived: BoPete Keyes, Dicaprio Bootle & Zayne Anderson.

The bold move by the Chiefs to choose Chris Lammons over BoPeteKeyes is bold. This seems very Dave Toub, as Lammons was the Chiefs’ most special team snaps player during the preseason.

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  1. Tyrann Mathieu
  2. Daniel Sorensen
  3. Juan Thornhill
  4. Armani Watts

Waived: Devon Key, Marlon Character & Rodney Clemons.

After Key was waived by the Chiefs, safety plans were clear. Watts was able to prove himself worthy of a roster spot with two interceptions during the preseason.

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