The Chiefs, taking full advantage of their opportunity to be first to claim players off waivers by virtue of their 2-14 record of a year ago, were busy on Sunday.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Less than 24 hours after the NFL-mandated, regular-season roster reduction, the Chiefs claimed seven players and waived six players, bringing them to the limit of 53 players on the active roster.
The Chiefs waived tight end Kevin Brock, cornerback Jalil Brown, linebacker Zac Diles, wide receiver Devon Wylie, former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. All were at practice on Sunday morning but got the word later in the day.
The Chiefs claimed the following players: wide receiver Chad Hall (San Francisco), tight end Sean McGrath (Seattle), defensive lineman Jaye Howard (Seattle), inside linebacker James Michael Johnson (Cleveland), outside linebacker Dezman Moses (Green Bay) and cornerbacks Ron Parker (Seattle) and Marcus Cooper (San Francisco).
The addition of the seven players means the Chiefs now have 30 new players on the team general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid inherited.
Here’s a thumbnail look at the seven new Chiefs, all of whom will fill backup roles at the bottom of the depth chart :
• Cooper, 6-2, 192, was the third of San Francisco’s seventh-round picks and 252nd overall (two ahead of Mr. Irrelevant) out of Rutgers. A converted wide receiver, he started 13 games as a senior and had one interception, two fumble recoveries and blocked a kick.
• Hall, 5-8, 187, is similar in stature to Wiley. Hall, 27, played for Reid in 2010-11 in Philadelphia and appeared in 15 games, making 14 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Hall, who played at Air Force, was released by the Eagles in the final roster cutdown last year and spent parts of November and December on the 49ers’ practice squad. Hall appeared in the 49ers preseason visit to Kansas City last month and caught two passes for 39 yards.
• Howard, 6-3, 301, was a fourth-round pick by Seattle out of Florida in 2012. He appeared in two regular-season games last year and was inactive for the playoffs.
• Johnson, 6-1, 240, was a fourth-round pick by Cleveland out of Nevada in 2012. He appeared in 10 games last season, starting eight. He was credited with 36 tackles but no sacks or interceptions. He would be the third Chiefs linebacker whose last name is Johnson, joining Derrick and Nico.
• McGrath, 6-5, 247, spent most of the 2012 season on the Seattle practice squad after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Henderson State. McGrath appeared in two games but had no receptions.
• Moses, 6-2, 249, made the Packers as an undrafted rookie from Tulane and appeared in all 16 games, starting six after injuries struck Nick Perry and Clay Matthews. His four sacks ranked third on the team, and he recovered a punt for a touchdown against Jacksonville and recovered a muffed punt in a playoff game against Minnesota.
• Parker, 6-0, 206, has bounced between the Seattle and Oakland practice squads since 2011. He appeared in three games with the Raiders and two with Seattle in 2011 and two with Seattle and three with Carolina in 2012, mostly on special teams. Parker entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Newberry (S.C.) College, where he led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions (five) and fumble recoveries (three) in 2010.
Practice squad set
The Chiefs signed eight players to their practice squad on Sunday.
They include: wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., tight end Demetrius Harris, offensive linemen Tommie Draheim, Rokevious Watkins, Matt Reynolds, linebacker Darin Drakeford, former Kansas fullback Toben Opurum and defensive back Malcolm Bronson. All eight were released in Saturday’s roster reduction to 53 players.
Watkins must serve a one-week’s suspension dating to his time with the St. Louis Rams for violating the NFL’s drug program.