Published: August 26th, 2010 | Tags: Alex Barron, Amari Spievey, Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Cam Cameron, Channing Crowder, Chris Cook, Colt McCoy, Cornelius Ingram, Frank Tadych, Glenn Dorsey, James Hardy, Kansas City Chiefs, Lito Sheppard, Quentin Moses, Ray Rice, Robert Brewster, Todd Haley, Trent Edwards, Troy Polamalu, Tyson Jackson, Wallace Gilberry
Remember this name: Wallace Gilberry.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley has called the battle for starting spots along the 3-4 defensive line an “open competition,” fueling the idea that one of the team’s recent top five picks at defensive end — Glenn Dorsey or Tyson Jackson — could be sent to the bench.
The reason would be Gilberry. The undrafted free agent in 2008 looks to have a real chance to win a job at the expense of Dorsey or Jackson.
One might consider it to be strictly motivation on Haley’s part, but he has made it clear the competition will come down to who the best players are, saying contract considerations — Dorsey and Jackson are among the team’s highest-paid players — amount to “zero” in the consideration.
“Once they enter the building it is who gives us the best chance to win,” Haley told reporters.
A few other bullet points on stories on my radar:
- The Vikings are expected to start rookie Chris Cook at RCB opposite Antoine Winfield against the Seahawks, writes Chip Scoggins. With Asher Allen likely in the role of nickel back, it’s thought that Cook could push Lito Sheppard for the starting job that DC Lezlie Frazier says is wide open.
- So far so good: Troy Polamalu has made it through two preseason games despite thinking about his balky left knee too much, writes John Harris.
- Bills WR James Hardy practiced for the second consecutive day on Thursday, and there’s reason to believe he will play on Saturday night, writes Chris Brown.
- Trent Edwards is expected to start for the Bills against the Bengals, but coach Chan Gailey hasn’t revealed his quarterback rotation.
- Colt McCoy is expected to make the Browns’ roster, writes Mary Kay Cabot.
- Eagles TE Cornelius Ingram had another setback with his knee and won’t travel with the team this weekend, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
- Alex Barron worked with the Cowboys’ first-team offense at right tackle on Wednesday, while Robert Brewster was the second-team right tackle, observed Todd Archer.
- Dolphins LBs Channing Crowder and Quentin Moses continue to miss practice time with undisclosed injuries, writes Mike Berardino, and are in doubt for Friday’s preseason game.
- Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron expects to give RB Ray Rice much more work in the team’s third preseason game, per BaltimoreRavens.com.
- The Lions officially moved rookie third-round pick Amari Spievey from cornerback to safety, writes Tom Kowalski.