The Kansas City Chiefs shuffled their roster before their game with the Tennessee Titans, promoting WR Quinten Lawrence from the practice squad and parting ways with CB Mike Richardson.
A sixth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2009, Lawrence played in six games last season and was a member of the practice squad for all 15 weeks this year. He was active in Chiefs return game as a rookie, returning 16 kickoffs for 317 yards and also caught one pass for nine yards.
Richardson was signed on December 1st as an insurance policy to a then-ailing Chiefs secondary. He was active for three games since his signing.
Interesting timing for the Chiefs and Lawrence. They have been looking for a boost in the return game, but he never showed anything last year that Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas haven’t done this season. As a receiver? Verran Tucker seems to be playing the role of young wideout playing opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Once the secondary got back to full healthy, it was just a matter of time that Richardson was released. I’m just a little surprised Todd Haley didn’t opt for a bigger special teams guy like Pierre Walters or a receiver like Jeremy Horne who was more impressive earlier this season than Lawrence.
I will be curious to see if Lawrence will make the jump from practice squad all the way up to the active 45-man game day roster.