Before officially breaking for the offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs re-signed all eight players on their practice squad to reserve/future contracts, the team announced.
LB Pierre Walters
DL Dion Gales
WR Jeremy Horne
G Darryl Harris
LB Micah Johnson
LB Justin Cole
OL Bobby Greenwood
TE Cody Slate
Once the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs, the club had an exclusive seven-day negotiating window with each of its practice squad players. After seven days, the eight members of Kansas City’s practice squad would have been free to negotiate with the rest of the NFL’s 31 franchises.
Last year, the Chiefs signed five players to reserve/future contracts. Of those five, two currently remain with the Chiefs; Greenwood and CB Jackie Bates.
After only keeping five last year, it has to be a good sign that Todd Haley and Scott Pioli want to get a look at all eight over the offseason.
The two guys we should watch closely are Horne and Greenwood, but for very different reasons.
Horne showed early on he has the raw tools to be a playmaker at wide receiver, but when he was slowed with a lower leg injury, Verran Tucker took his spot on the active roster and was immediately a heavy contributor, especially on special teams. With all the help the Chiefs still need in the passing game, Horne is still the fastest receiver on the roster — though I’d like to see a foot race with Dexter McCluster — and could have an impact as he continues to progress this offseason.
Greenwood, on the other had, is still learning a new position after switching from defensive to offensive line. He’s a big guy that is playing a position that has no starter penciled in for next season and little depth overall. The only issue is that he has virtually no game experience as an offensive tackle. So unlike Horne, who has shown the abilities he posseses and just needs to harness those abilities, Greenwood is a project top to bottom.
Talking about the potential of practice squad players? Yup, it’s the offseason alright.