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Andy Reid, John Dorsey say Chiefs have improved roster depth

Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey walked off the field following the team's training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey walked off the field following the team's training camp practice Wednesday morning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. deulitt@kcstar.com

This should probably go without saying, considering this is year three of their tenure, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey answered in the affirmative when asked whether this year’s Chiefs team is better than their last two.

“I will tell you that at this point, compared to the other years at this point, I would say that — yes,” Reid said. “You go by position and compare people, and I’m not going to do that, but I just feel there’s a solid unit.”

Dorsey agreed.

“I do, I think this is a better football team,” Dorsey said. “Why? Because all along, we’ve talked about setting the competitive depth at each position. I think we’ve done that … I think we’ve got to the point where we had to release guys that were capable of playing in the National Football League. I think that’s what you kind of strive for.”

The Chiefs had two players they released on Saturday — center Eric Kush and linebacker James-Michael Johnson — claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs also released defensive end Mike Catapano, a seventh-round pick in 2013, as teams were forced to cut their roster from 75 to 53 men.

“Those decisions are very hard,” Dorsey said. “But all along, we’ve said we’re going to be competitive in the AFC West, and we’re going to be competitive this year.”

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