The Kansas City Chiefs have shuffled their receiving corps in advance of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars by releasing rookie Jeremy Horne and promoting Verran Tucker from the practice squad, the team announced.
Horne had played in three games this season, mainly on special teams.
Tucker joined the Chiefs a week into training camp following his release from Dallas in late July. A bigger receiver (6-1, 204), Tucker turned in seven catches for 45 yards this preseason to finish third on the team. He had been on the practice squad all season prior to his promotion.
With Chris Chambers out of the lineup last weekend nursing a finger injury, Horne and veteran Terrance Copper were thrown into a bigger role on the offensive side of the football. Copper ended up drawing the start and taking the majority of Chambers’ repetitions opposite Dwayne Bowe. Horne played sparingly.
On Thursday, Horne showed up in the Chiefs locker room wearing a walking boot and the Chiefs obviously didn’t want to wait to see how long it would take for him to return to health.
He had an impressive run in training camp, but it’s hard for any burner to make an impact on an offense with quarterback that is unable to stretch the field and especially hard for a rookie. Right now the Chiefs need their receivers to get the job done in the running game and those that don’t play on offense, special teams play is a must. If Tucker is active against the Jaguars, he will be thrown right into the Chiefs special teams units.
It’s a shame that a kid with so much raw ability wasn’t able to catch on, but he is eligible to take Tucker’s spot on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Depending on the severity of his injury, it wouldn’t surprise me if a team took a shot on Horne.