Chiefs' 53-Man Roster Cuts Include Rookie Wide Receiver

The Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster cuts include promising rookie receiver Cornell Powell.
The Kansas City Chiefs 53-man roster cuts include promising rookie receiver Cornell Powell. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Tuesday's deadline for 53-man final roster cuts caused a flurry of roster moves for all 32 franchises around the league. The Kansas City Chiefs were included and made a surprising cut to their wide receiver depth chart.

Fifth-round draft pick Cornell Powell was waived on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the Chiefs with five wide receivers on the active roster. This waiver move is indicative of the struggle of getting drafted to such a deep and talented roster.

Chiefs Active Roster

Powell. No. 181 overall pick in this year's draft, marks the first Chiefs draft selection to not making the 53-man roster in four years with Brett Veach as general manger. This roster move is less telling of Powell's skillset, rather the immense depth on Kansas City's roster. Entering the year, the Chiefs hold Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Daurice Fountain as receivers on the active roster.

Fountain is the only new member of this group, a group that finished atop the entire league with 303.4 passing/receiving yards per game in 2020. Powell struggled to find work amongst this talented roster, hauling in just four passes on six targets in a total of 30 preseason snaps.

The rookie wideout was terrific during his senior year at Clemson, catching 53 passes for 882 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.

Kansas City enters the year with sky-high expectations, holding the best odds (+500) to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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