Linebacker Dezman Moses was surprised he was released by the Green Bay Packers in the final roster cutdown, but he knew he had a lifeline in Kansas City.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, as director of football operations at Green Bay, brought Moses to the Packers as a college free agent last year. And when the Packers released Moses last weekend, it was Dorsey who quickly claimed him off waivers for the Chiefs.
“I was hoping,” Moses said of his chance to join the Chiefs. “I spoke with John Dorsey throughout last year. He gave me an opportunity there, and I’m very excited he gave me another opportunity here.”
Of the seven players the Chiefs claimed off waivers, Moses would appear to be the most ready to contribute. As a rookie last season, Moses replaced injured starter Clay Matthews and started the last six games at outside linebacker and had four sacks in a 3-4 defense that is similar to the Chiefs’ scheme.
He also was a regular on special teams and recovered a punt for a touchdown and pounced on a muffed punt in a playoff game against Minnesota.
It’s why Moses was surprised the Packers let him go in the final roster cutdown.
“But it’s part of the business,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason. This is the NFL. There’s always competition. It’s the way things fell for me. I’m excited to be here with a new team and a fresh start.”
Moses joins former Packers teammate Frank Zombo, who signed with the Chiefs as a free agent, as backup outside linebackers. That should help Moses make the transition easier.
“He can (hold down) the edge, he can rush the passer a little bit, and play on special teams,” Dorsey said of Moses. “He’s what you want in that position. Plus he’s young, he’s only 24.”
Guard Jon Asamoah (calf), linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle) and defensive back Sanders Commings (collarbone) did not practice on Monday.
Defensive end Allen Bailey was excused for personal reasons.
Three players changed uniform numbers for the regular season. Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is now No. 15; defensive end Mike Catapano is No. 77; and linebacker Josh Martin is No. 95.