Never underestimate the value of off-season practices. Even though pads haven’t been added to the equation, players still receive ample opportunities to separate themselves from one another in on-field work. This was apparently the case in the battle for the Chiefs third quarterback job.
“I think that Tyler has a chance,” Haley said last week. “He comes from a football background, he is energetic and he has been around some really good quarterbacks in the years following school. He has had great exposure in New Orleans with QB Drew Brees and Sean Payton who I know really well. He spent time in Arizona with QB Kurt (Warner) and Kenny (Whisenhunt). I am excited about some of the things he is doing. He is like all the others, he is working hard to compete and give himself a chance to make the team.”
On Monday afternoon, Palko moved forward in his quest to earn a roster slot in Kansas City when the Chiefs waived incumbent third quarterback
Smith joined Gutierrez as a member of the Chiefs 53-man roster in 2009.
Smith’s release ends a frustrating past two seasons for the former 2007 draft pick who rushed for 150 yards against the Raiders as a rookie making his first career start. His promising debut for the Chiefs was curtailed by season-ending injuries in both 2008 and 2009. Smith looked to be competing for the Chiefs third running back job behind
The early release of TE Leroy Banks may also surprise some fans that have caught wind of a few impressive plays that Banks turned in during OTA work.
Just as we’re reminded to never underestimate the value of off-season practices, Monday’s cuts also offer a reminder that practices without pads are still just that…practices without pads. What we’re not privy to is the evaluation that goes on behind closed doors in the film room.
The Chiefs roster now stands at 81 players, but eight of those 81 players are without contracts. Players without contracts include restricted free agent
With only 73 players under contract, the Chiefs can now begin the process of signing draft picks without being obligated to release a player in a one-for-one swap.
The Chiefs will conclude their final day of OTA work on Tuesday afternoon.