Subiect: The Kansas City Chiefs are poised to head into the regular

season with a defensive backfield that bears very little resemblance to the one that spent the offseason and training camp together.The Chiefs released eight players from their secondary on Saturday Youth Chase Roullier Jersey , including underperforming cornerback David Amerson, as they trimmed their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit. They also were poised to add safety Ron Parker, who spent the past four seasons with Kansas City before joining Atlanta.He was released by the Falcons this past week and was visiting the Chiefs on Saturday.Throw in a trade with Dallas on Thursday night that landed cornerback Charvarius Ward, and another with Miami on Friday for safety Jordan Lucas, and that's quite the secondary overhaul."I think with every position we're always going to be looking to get better," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. "We're not going to look at a position and say, 'We're good there.' "Especially one where the Chiefs dealt away one of the league's biggest stars, Marcus Peters.Amerson was released by the Raiders before signing with Kansas City, where he was expected to solidify the secondary after Peters was sent to the Rams. But he was often burned in preseason games, and his release appeared imminent when the Chiefs traded for Ward during their preseason finale.They also added Kendall Fuller earlier this year, grabbing him from the Redskins in the trade for quarterback Alex Smith, and signed veteran Orlando Scandrick late in camp. Late-round pick Tremon Smith has shown flashes, too, giving the Chiefs an intriguing but unproven mix of talents."Kendall is a very talented player and can do a bunch of stuff, and Stevie (Nelson) is healthy. Last year he was hurt the first eight games," Veach said. "Tremon has shown he's making strides and if Charvarius can follow on that path Youth Josh Doctson Jersey , you have two young guys moving forward and a lot of arsenal in regards to picks and the salary cap moving forward."The Chiefs kept safety Daniel Sorensen on the 53-man roster, an indication they expect him back at some point this season. He broke a bone in his leg but was not placed on injured reserve.With the status of Eric Berry a bit uncertain 鈥?he missed most of training camp with a stubborn heel injury 鈥?it made sense that Veach would bring in Parker to solidify the safety spot."We're working through the process," Veach said, "but anytime you can add a guy who played here, knows the system, it's always going to be advantageous."Here are some of the other big takeaways from the Chiefs' roster cuts Saturday:LINEBACKER UPSETThe Chiefs kept undrafted rookie Ben Niemann over Ukeme Eligwe at middle linebacker, even though Eligwe was a fifth-round pick last year and started Week 17. Eligwe was among the players who protested during the national anthem, though it appears that had nothing to do with his release."We had two teams call us about Ben," Veach said, "so we knew he wasn't going to get to the practice squad. If there was any indecision, the dialogue with teams basically told us there's no way we can move this guy because he's done so much."TIGHT ENDSThe Chiefs cut Jace Amaro and Tim Wright, leaving them only Travis Kelce and Alex Ellis for their Week 1 game against the Chargers. Demetrius Harris is suspended for the opener for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and Veach said the Chiefs are content with three tight ends when he returns.OTHER COMPETITIONSMatt McGloin beat out Chase Litton for the No. 3 quarterback job, though Veach said the Chiefs hope to keep the undrafted rookie on the practice squad. Damien Williams and undrafted rookie Darrel Williams joined Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware at running back, where Kerwynn Williams, Ray Lawry and Algernon Brown were released. The final wide receiver spot went to Marcus Kemp Youth Quinton Dunbar Jersey , who beat out a group that included Jehu Chesson, Gehrig Dieter and Jordan Smallwood.INJURED RESERVEThe only player placed on IR was wide receiver Byron Pringle, an undrafted rookie who surprised in training camp. In what might have been a fortuitous injury for the Chiefs, Pringle hurt a hamstring in their preseason finale, allowing them to keep him on IR this season.Redskins fall to New England Patriots 26-17 in Pre-Season Opener The Redskins got off to a great start against the New England Patriots in their pre-season opener. The decision to give the starters the night off was extremely questionable given the circumstances. Washington has had a significant amount of turnover in the off-season, regardless of how many repetitions the starters get in the outing against New England, the bottom line is the starters should have seen some time on the field. Nonetheless, the Redskins got off to a 17-0 start offensively and allowed just one first down in the first 29 minutes of the game. The second-string offense, led by quarterback Colt McCoy, was able to pick apart the New England secondary ending his night going 13-18 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Solid night overall for McCoy as multiple times he was able to extend plays outside of the pocket and convert for first downs and touchdowns. While receiver Maurice Harris had a good outing, second-year receiver Robert Davis and rookie Cam Sims had even better showings. The two, who combined for five catches for 109 yards, connected with Colt on numerous occasions and showed an ability to gain yards after the catch. Although his time was ended short due to a knee injury, rookie Derrius Guice displayed strength and vision in a couple of his carries. Unfortunately for Guice, his best run of the night was negated and happened to be the play he was injured on. Guice ended the night on six carries for just 19 yards, but it was his abilities with the football in his hand that made him separate himself from others on the depth chart.Defensively Youth Adrian Peterson Jersey , inside linebacker Martrell Spaight and defensive end, Matt Ioannidis led the front seven in the first half. Washington’s second-string defense stifled the Patriots offense until the end of the second quarter’s final minute, when they began to show cracks in their armor. Rookies Greg Stroman and Tim Settle were very impressive in their debut with Washington as well. Stroman also displayed his versatility in being able to return punts and gain positive yards doing so. Although the Redskins third-string defense was putrid, allowing the Patriots to score 23 second-half points, Tim Settle dominated at the nose tackle position for Washington. Settle’s performance is an encouraging sign for the Redskins staff, he displayed his strength and motor with the ability to penetrate the offensive line the backfield nearly every snap. The lead did not last. The Patriots scored 26 unanswered, dominating the time of possession in the second half outgaining the Redskin by a large margin. Third-year quarterback Kevin Hogan had a very dull performance along with the other members of the third-string unit, ending his night with seven completions for just 44 yards and a fumble on the night. There were positives and negatives on the night, with all the positives belonging to the second team, and Tim Settle. The negatives, injuries to key players Derruis Guice and Matt Ioannidis whom both left with knee injuries, and the third string units on both sides of the football. It will be hard to say who made a case for themselves after this outing.