Long spent his entire rookie season on the Cardinals practice squad under the offensive guidance of Chiefs head coach Todd Haley in 2008. Similar to Wade signing with the Chiefs active roster yesterday, Long brings a since of familiarity with him to Kansas City.
Long made his NFL debut on Sunday in Arizona’s season opener vs. San Francisco. He played on offense and special teams, but did not record any statistics. He was waived by Arizona on Monday.
Long originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2008 with Arizona. The Mississippi State product played in 35 games (seven starts) for the Bulldogs after transferring from Toledo following his freshman season. He recorded 46 receptions for 321 yards (6.98 avg.) with a TD at MSU. He also contributed on special teams with one punt return for four yards and eight kickoff returns for 100 yards (12.5 avg.).
The team released WR Rodney Wright from the practice squad to complete the transaction.
Once he was waived by the Cardinals, I immediately received emails saying he would be the perfect fit to join Haley’s system. There’s a reason Chiefs fans are the best, because they were all dead on and Long is in Kansas City.
Long made a team with a good offensive unit out of training camp, but he didn’t exactly shine during the Cardinals final preseason game. While trying to field a punt, he lost his balance and fell backwards. He also was called for a holding penalty that negated a long run a couple of plays later.
Haley is comfortable with Long and that should help him push for a call-up to the active roster if the wide receivers that have been in Kansas City continue to struggle and/or Wade doesn’t catch on with the system.