Chiefs pre­pare to trim

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - SPORTS DAILY - By ADAM TE­ICHER

KC has de­ci­sions to make to get the ros­ter down to 53 by Satur­day.

With the four cuts made over the week­end, the process of par­ing the Chiefs’ ros­ter to the NFL-man­dated reg­u­lar-sea­son limit of 53 play­ers has be­gun.

Coach Todd Ha­ley is hop­ing the re­main­ing de­ci­sions are ev­ery bit as tough to make.

“If these first few (moves) are any in­di­ca­tion, it’s go­ing to be much more dif­fi­cult,” Ha­ley said. “That bodes well for the team. The harder those de­ci­sions are, gen­er­ally the more com­pet­i­tive and the bet­ter team you’re be­com­ing.”

The Chiefs must be down to the 53-player limit by Satur­day. They’ll get one fi­nal chance to eval­u­ate in Thurs­day night’s fi­nal pre­sea­son game at home against Green Bay.

It’s ev­i­dent the Chiefs will lack depth at many po­si­tions, par­tic­u­larly on the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive lines.

“We don’t have enough depth any­where,” Ha­ley said. “That’s just life. It’s be­com­ing that way across the league. Coaches are never go­ing to be happy with their depth. …

“We’re go­ing to have to win games a cer­tain way. They’re not go­ing to be pretty. We’re go­ing to have to do a lot of things right, and one of those would be to stay healthy.”

When the Chiefs get their ros­ter to 53, it won’t nec­es­sar­ily be set. They will scour the list of cuts around the league and may make a few moves.

“We have a lot more in­for­ma­tion on most of the (cur­rent Chiefs),” Ha­ley said. “You tend to grow fond of them, de­velop re­la­tion­ships, get a com­fort level with guys. So those are al­ways dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions to make. But we’re on it. We’ll do the work nec­es­sary and have been do­ing the work nec­es­sary to pull the trig­ger if we have to.”

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