Roundup: Gilberry could unseat top picks in K.C.

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.

“This is an open competition up front,” Haley said, per the Kansas City Star. “Wallace is in a competition to try to be one of the guys in the front three in the 3-4 defense, and I think he can do that. He’s got to play with great technique, he’s got to do the things the way he’s supposed to do it, and he’s got to know what to do.”

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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