The Kansas City Chiefs have filled the roster spot that was vacated when they traded DE Alex Magee to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mizzou fans will most definitely recognize the new defensive lineman: Atiyyah Ellison.
Ellison (6-3, 315) played in 15 games (six starts) with Jacksonville in 2009 after originally joining the Jaguars in 2008. He has recorded 28 tackles (16 solo), two tackles for loss, a sack and one pass defensed. He spent time on San Francisco’s practice squad in 2008 and was on the 49ers 53-man roster in 2007. Ellison also served on the 53-man roster and the practice squad with Baltimore in 2006. He also enjoyed stints on the 53-man roster and the practice squad with Carolina in 2005. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (89th overall) of Carolina in 2005.
Interesting to see the Chiefs bring in a veteran player from outside of the organization instead of bumping up a younger guy like Dion Gales from the practice squad.
During his time at Missouri, Ellison was a beat while playing both inside and out. But he is a long way removed from those days and can’t be expected to be much more than a practice body for the immediate future.
A more cynical person would say that the Chiefs brought Ellison in simply to provide some intel on Jacksonville. He is only a month and a half removed from being in camp with the Jaguars and no doubt can lend a helping hand when it comes to putting together the game plan on both sides of the ball.
If Ellison doesn’t last beyond this week, I think we know what his purpose on the 53 man roster was.