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Linebacker Dezman Moses gets second chance from Chiefs

Linebacker Dezman Moses made his way around tackle Tavon Rooks during Chiefs training camp practice Aug. 8 in St. Joseph.
Linebacker Dezman Moses made his way around tackle Tavon Rooks during Chiefs training camp practice Aug. 8 in St. Joseph. kmyers@kcstar.com

The days before, during and after the NFL’s annual cutdown day is always a nerve-wracking time for players, coaches, and agents, and it was not different for Chiefs outside linebacker Dezman Moses.

Moses, 26, had a strong preseason but was one of the final cuts. He was released Sunday to make room for tight end Brian Parker, who was claimed off waivers from San Diego.

Moses cleared waivers, however, and eventually re-signed with the Chiefs on Wednesday when they placed Paul Fanaika on injured reserve.

“(It was) a little uncomfortable, obviously,” Moses said with a laugh. “That’s not the position you want to be in. But it’s all part of this business and you’ve got to continue to work.

Moses, however, never lost confidence in his ability.

“I think it was just a matter of numbers and logistics and all that stuff above my pay grade,” he said. “But when they called me back, I’m ready to go, ready to work … I was excited to hear that, obviously. Just a little bit of shock, but happiness.”

When asked if he feels like he’s reaching his peak as a player, Moses, who missed all of 2014 because of an elbow injury, said he is.

“I definitely feel like I’m approaching that,” Moses said. “When you come into this league you always feel like you’re a starter. And if you didn’t believe that, you wouldn’t be coming out here to work every day.

“So that’s what we work on, (always) improving your craft. That’s definitely my feeling.”

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