The Kansas City Chiefs made a handful of roster moves before getting back on the practice field Thursday morning. In addition to waiving CB Buddy Jackson, they also parted ways with injured offensive lineman Colin Kelly.
Filling the open roster spots are OT Mike Tepper and CB Kamaal McIlwain.
Tepper kicked off his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. While he didn’t stick in Dallas, he caught on with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. During his time with the Colts, Tepper played in six games (four starts) and was cut last August.
McIlwain has yet to appear in an NFL game and enters a crowded field fighting for spots at cornerback. He was an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2011 before moving to the New Orleans Saints practice squad. McIlwain spent last year on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
This is the second time in a week the Chiefs have added a cornerback with blazing speed. They previously signed Conroy Black, who reportedly posted an impressive 4.35 40. McIlwain’s time at his pro day was a dash slower at 4.36.
Though special teams coach Dave Toub has spoken highly of Dexter McCluster as a punt returner, if one of these speedsters can show the ability to contribute in the return game it would easily help them cut through the clutter.