The Kansas City Chiefs made the tough decision to part ways with former 2018 second-round draft pick Breeland Speaks during Saturday’s roster cuts.

Just three seasons after he’d been drafted by Kansas City with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Speaks found himself placed on waivers. He was the first pick that Brett Veach made as general manager of the Chiefs. So what exactly caused things to get to this point? Why did the team decide to move on from Speaks? Veach spoke on the subject during Sunday’s media availability. He started by crediting the defensive line group as the deepest position group on the 53-man roster in 2020.

“That was certainly a unique scenario where, of all the positions – I certainly think we have a very good roster, a very talented roster – that defensive line position is probably our deepest position,” Veach said. “With Breeland, a different scheme from when he got here. I, and our staff, thought in his rookie year he did some things that you can really lay a foundation on. And we all know that he came in a little out of shape the next year, and then he had the injury. So, I think when you get behind the eight ball in professional football, it’s tough. And then when you get behind the eight ball on a roster with a deep defensive line, it’s even tougher. I will say this – credit to the kid – he did come in in shape and worked hard to get that weight off. Again, he was just up against a very deep and talented defensive line class.”

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