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3 biggest cuts that could come back to haunt the Chiefs

Fansided 8/31/2022 Scott Rogust
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The Kansas City Chiefs trimmed down their roster to 53-players on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Here are three cuts that could come back to haunt them.

All 32 NFL teams revealed their initial Week 1 rosters by the Tuesday, Aug. 30 deadline. For the deadline, teams had to bring down their rosters to 53-players, but then had the chance to sign free agents on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The Kansas City Chiefs were able to bring their roster down to the 53-players, but they did have to surrender some talent. They were able to re-add names like Daurice Fountain, Danny Shelton, and Zayne Anderson to their practice squad on Wednesday.

As for the players who the Chiefs couldn't re-sign, these three could come back to haunt them.

3. Matt Dickerson, DT

On Wednesday, waivers officially went through, and teams found out if they were able to secure those they put in a claim for. Kansas City did not have any of their claims go through, but they did lose one player on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive tackle Matt Dickerson was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons. He gets to reunite with Dean Pees, who was his defensive coordinator for is first two seasons in the league. Pees is the current defensive coordinator in Atlanta, where Arthur Smith, the former offensive coordinator for Tennessee, is the current head coach.


Dickerson signed on with the Chiefs back on Aug. 8. He played in Kansas City's preseason debut vs. the Chicago Bears, where he recorded three solo tackles. Dickerson also played in the second preseason contest against the Washington Commanders, where he recorded one defended pass.

While he may be a late add, it is never a good thing for a team to watch one of their released players get claimed by another team and thrive. Will it happen with Dickerson? We should find out once the season progresses.

2. Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB

The Kansas City Chiefs prioritized adding to their secondary this offseason, most notably by signing former Houston Texans safety Justin Reid and drafting Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie in the first-round. Shortly after the NFL Draft, the team pulled off a trade with the Texans for cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. for a conditional 2024 seventh-round draft pick.

Johnson's stint with the Chiefs was not very long. Well, three months to be exact. He participated in training camp and in the team's preseason debut against the Chicago Bears, where he logged three solo tackles.

On Aug. 15, the Chiefs waived Johnson. He did not clear waivers, as he was claimed by the Tennessee Titans. Johnson has made an impact on the Titans in his short time with the team, including a forced fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Johnson officially made the Titans' 53-man roster. If he thrives in Tennessee throughout the season, Chiefs fans will question why the team waived him in the first place.

1. Josh Gordon, WR

Perhaps the most notable name on Kansas City's list of released players was wide receiver Josh Gordon.

The veteran wide receiver made a name for himself in the 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns, where he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards and a 117.6 yards per game average. He would miss time due to suspensions, but played with other teams such as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. But in 2021, Gordon signed a contract with the Chiefs.

Last season, Gordon caught 5-of-14 targets for 32 yards and a touchdowns in 12 games.

The Chiefs had some turnover this offseason, where the team traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and watched Byron Pringle sign with the Chicago Bears in free agency. They did make additions, such as JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, and Skyy Moore through the NFL Draft.

This preseason, Gordon played in all three games, but logged just one reception for 10 yards in the Commanders game. Ultimately, the Chiefs, opted to release Gordon by the Aug. 30 deadline.

One team has already set their attention on Gordon, and that is the Titans, as they are hosting a visit for him on Aug. 31, per NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti.

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