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Chiefs’ roster tracker: KC announces its practice squad

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond picks up a first down while evading Green Bay Packers defensive back Warren Gatewood in the second quarter during Thursday's football game on September 1, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond picks up a first down while evading Green Bay Packers defensive back Warren Gatewood in the second quarter during Thursday's football game on September 1, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Chiefs must pare their roster from 75 to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday. Here’s a running tracker of their cuts with some analysis.

SUNDAY

6:02 p.m. — The Chiefs announced the final four signings to the practice squad, including inside linebacker Tyrell Adams, receiver Seantavius Jones, running back Darrin Reaves and safety Brock Vereen.

Analysis: Adams, Jones and Reaves all flashed throughout camp, while Vereen is a former fourth-round pick only two years ago who was recently claimed off waivers. The Chiefs want to get a long look at him. He and Hammond will be the two practice-squad “veteran” exceptions.

5:58 p.m. — The Chiefs have signed center/guard Daniel Munyer to the practice squad, a source told The Star.

Analysis: Munyer is a player the Chiefs invested time in last year on the practice squad. His return makes sense.

4:41 p.m. — The Chiefs waived guard Jordan Devey to make room for new offensive tackle Brian Witzmann.

Analysis: Not a surprise. The Chiefs didn’t seem primed to carry nine linemen, and Devey was behind Jah Reid and Zach Fulton in the backup o-line pecking order.

4:36 p.m. — The Chiefs have signed safety Shak Randolph to their practice squad, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Another smart move by the Chiefs. Randolph, an undrafted rookie from SMU, impressed during camp practices with his combination of size (6-3, 213) and cover ability, especially against tight ends. He’s someone worth developing a little further, at the very least.

3:16 p.m. — The Chiefs have signed defensive lineman David King to their practice squad, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Smart move for the Chiefs, who kept a talented player who has flashed throughout camp around for a little while longer. King is quick with some pass-rush juice. He probably would have made the team outright if they weren’t so deep there.

3:05 p.m. — The Chiefs have lost quarterback Aaron Murray (Arizona) and Kevin Hogan (Cleveland) those respective team’s practice squads, according to Adam Schefter and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Analysis: This is probably not ideal for the Chiefs, who should have kept one of the quarterbacks they’ve already invested some time in around for a while. It’s unclear how much they pursued either, but it’s possible the addition of Nick Foles as the No. 2 quarterback told each of them that the writing was on the wall.

2:35 p.m. — The Chiefs waived Ramik Wilson to make room for Barrington, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Analysis: That’s a bit of a surprise. The Chiefs selected Wilson in the fourth round of last year’s draft, and although he was surpassed on the depth chart by undrafted second-year pro Justin March, he always remained ahead of D.J. Alexander on the depth chart and was more sound against the run. The Chiefs seem committed to Alexander as a special-teams player, which he is very good at.

1:11 p.m. — The Chiefs have added offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley to the practice squad, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Pughsley has been with the team for over a year and is someone they’ve developed. He can play tackle, though he’s probably better at guard, and will have a chance to keep developing.

12:27 p.m. — The Chiefs have added receiver Frankie Hammond to the practice squad, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

Analysis: Hammond has been a Chief for a while, and they know what they’re going to get with him. He offers some punt-return insurance in a pinch.

12:22 p.m. — The Chiefs have added inside linebacker Terrance Smith to the practice squad, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Not a huge surprise. Smith earned a bunch of second-team reps in the preseason is a solid developmental candidate.

12:13 p.m. — The Chiefs have also claimed former Dallas offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann, according to the NFL’s transactions report.

Analysis: This is not a surprise. The Chiefs have been in the market for a true swing tackle all preseason. Jah Reid can play right tackle and guard, but Witzmann gives them a true backup for left tackle Eric Fisher. No word on the corresponding moves yet.

12:04 p.m. — The Chiefs have lost tight end Brian Parker, who was claimed off waivers by the Jets, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: This is only a mild surprise. The Chiefs have some good players and Parker, the fifth tight end, has upside as a blocker.

12:02 p.m. — The Chiefs have claimed former Green Bay inside linebacker Sam Barrington, a source confirmed to The Star.

Analysis: The Chiefs’ decision to claim Barrington means someone who made the roster yesterday is on the way out. It will be interesting to see who it will be. Barrington, 25, spent most of last season on injured reserve due to a foot injury. In 2014, he appeared in 14 games for the Packers, making seven starts, while recording 53 total tackles and a sack.

SATURDAY

4:03 p.m. — The Chiefs finally announced the remaining six cuts (they have a roster exemption for Eric Berry until next Saturday). They are: receiver Frankie Hammond, safety Brock Vereen, linebacker Tyrell Adams and quarterback Kevin Hogan. Receiver Rod Streater was dealt to San Francisco for an undisclosed draft pick.

Analysis: The most surprising cuts come at receiver, where Streater — who flashed this preseason — was released, leaving Jeremy Maclin, Chris Conley, Albert Wilson, Tyreek Hill, De’Anthony Thomas and Demarcus Robinson to carry the weight. The Chiefs also kept Knile Davis, which is very interesting.

2:43 p.m. — The Chiefs have released defensive lineman David King, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Just like Staten, another good defensive linemen had to go because the Chiefs are too deep here. King was even better than Staten, flashing some pass-rush skills and effort in run pursuit, but he should get another job based on his strong preseason tape.

2:32 p.m. — The Chiefs have released OT/OG Jarrod Pughsley, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: This is a bit of a surprise — the first one I’ve gotten incorrect from my 53-man prediction from Friday. Pugs has inside-out versatility and is well-versed in the system, so while I know I sound like a broken record, I believe he’ll be another practice-squad candidate.

2:30 p.m. — The Chiefs have released C/OG Daniel Munyer, a source tells the Star.

Analysis: Munyer has some versatility as a center and guard candidate, and he’s worked at both positions throughout camp. It also helps him he spent 2015 with the team. He would seem to be prime practice-squad candidate.

2:22 p.m. — The Chiefs have released defensive lineman Jimmy Staten, according to a source and his Twitter feed.

Analysis: Staten flashed throughout camp and had some nice moments, but the Chiefs are really deep on the defensive line. Someone would be wise to give him a look. He should be practice-squad eligible, however.

2:18 p.m. — The Chiefs have released tight end Brian Parker, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Parker was working as the fifth tight end throughout camp. He battled the drops a tad in camp but is a tough-guy blocker who will still be eligible for the practice squad, provided he clears waivers.

2:03 p.m. — The Chiefs have released safety Shak Randolph, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Randolph, an undrafted rookie, is a lanky cover safety who flashed matchup skills against tight ends in training camp. He’s another prime practice-squad candidate.

1:33 p.m. — The Chiefs have released inside linebacker Terrance Smith, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Smith is an interesting young player with athleticism who plays hard. He seems like a prime practice-squad candidate.

1:30 p.m. — The Chiefs have released running back Darrin Reaves, according to Aaron Wilson with the Houston Chronicle.

Analysis: This one is a bit of a surprise, especially with recent news that Jamaal Charles may not be ready to carry a big load at the start of the season. Reaves looked good this preseason and should earn a spot on the practice squad, provided he’s eligible.

FRIDAY

6:47 p.m. — The Chiefs have released safety Jamell Fleming, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: The Chiefs gave Fleming, a former corner, a chance to stick by moving him from corner to safety this offseason. He never made much of a rise in the depth chart, and the emergence of rookie Eric Murray hurt him. Fleming drew a lot of criticism from fans for some of the plays he gave up a year ago, but he was also a valuable special teams player and a very solid gunner on a good unit last season.

5:14 p.m. — The Chiefs have released safety Jeron Johnson, a source confirmed to The Star.

Analysis: The Chiefs’ top four safeties are set with Eric Berry, Ron Parker, Daniel Sorensen and Eric Murray, but Johnson had a chance to make the roster if they wanted to keep five. It will be interesting to see if Brock Vereen makes it.

3:42 p.m. — The Chiefs have released receiver Da’Ron Brown, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Brown, a late-round pick in 2015, never really worked his way into the second group in camp, but he might again be ticketed for the practice squad. He runs solid routes and flashed the ability to potentially be a decent possession receiver in St. Joseph. It remains to be seen what the Chiefs do, but it would make sense.

3:39 p.m. — The Chiefs have released offensive tackle Reid Fragel, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Fragel is a big dude (6-8, 305) with some skills, but the writing was on the wall when he couldn’t surpass Zach Sterup on the depth chart after Sterup’s four-game for PED usage.

3:11 p.m. — The Chiefs have released Andy Mulumba, a source confirmed to The Star.

Analysis: Mulumba is a solid person and a solid enough player, but the Chiefs weren’t going to cut Dadi Nicolas. The Chiefs appear poised to carry five outside linebackers, not counting Justin Houston.

3:10 p.m. — The Chiefs have released cornerback Deveron Carr, a source tells The Star.

Analysis: Carr was getting some second-team work in practice last week, and it’s unclear if he’ll be eligible for the practice squad. He’s been a competitive player in practice but it was always going to be hard for him to make the team.

3:04 p.m. — The Chiefs announced that they’ve traded cornerback Marcus Cooper to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional, undisclosed 2018 pick.

Analysis: The writing was on the wall with Cooper once the Chiefs traded for Kenneth Acker. Cooper, the Chiefs’ rookie of the year in 2013, was never able to get back to that level. But perhaps a new change of scenery will benefit him. The Chiefs still have a glut of corners and more cuts should be coming.

2:20 p.m. – It appears the Chiefs have begun the process of cutting their roster, as backup quarterback Aaron Murray has been released, according to Pro Football Talk.

Analysis: That’s a tough break for Murray, a fifth-round pick in 2014, but it’s hardly unexpected. Tyler Bray has consistently outperformed him throughout camp, and Murray’s zero-touchdown, four-interception preseason did not help the former Georgia Bulldog’s cause.

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