The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing to take on the Buffalo Bills this weekend, but they continue to tinker with the bottom of the roster. They have released the recently signed Atiyyah Ellison, added Jeremy Horne to the practice squad and signed free agent LB Mark Simoneau.
Simoneau (6-0, 245) has played in 123 games (68 starts) with New Orleans (2006-07), Philadelphia (2003-05) and Atlanta (2000-02). He has produced 525 tackles (326 solo), 7.0 sacks, one interception, 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 51 special teams tackles. The Phillipsburg, Kansas native has seen action in seven postseason contests (four starts), registering 30 tackles (20 solo) and one pass defensed. Simoneau originally entered the NFL as a third-round selection (67th overall) of Atlanta in 2000.
Todd Haley made a point to say that he was not bringing in Ellison just to pick his brain about Jacksonville, where he played less than two months earlier. Cutting bait with him immediately after the Jaguars game pokes holes in that argument.
The Chiefs worked out Simoneau a few weeks back and he will immediately boost special teams. His first year with the Eagles he actually led the team in tackles, so the Kansas native knows how to find the football. Adding a veteran to special teams is never a bad thing.
Putting Horne was a no brainer for Scott Pioli and Haley. He was impressive in camp and likely would still be on the active roster if he didn’t injure his foot. Horne is a guy you shouldn’t forget about as the Chiefs continue to struggle with their depth at wide receiver.