Final numbers show considerable roster turnover

The Chiefs turned over more than half of their roster from the end of last season. Obviously, the need was there since the Chiefs finished 2-14 last year and wound up with the first pick in the draft.

Thirty of the 53 players were brought in since the Chiefs hired general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid in January. That number was boosted by seven waiver claims on Sunday. Those roster moves were almost like a draft for the Chiefs.

“From the beginning in January we said we would turn over every stone possible,’’ Dorsey said. “The positive from being the first pick in the draft is you get the first pick in the waiver situation. Hopefully it will never happen again. Sometimes this is what to have to do to move forward. We’re better off today than we were yesterday.

“It’s a rare opportunity you get to do this so take full advantage of it.’’

The Chiefs will have as many as nine new starters for their regular-season opener against the Jaguars in Jacksonville depending whether free-agent addition Geoff Schwartz starts in place of the injured Jon Asamoah.