The Kansas City Chiefs continued to pad their depth in free agency by signing WR Mardy Gilyard, DL Marcus Dixon and TE Kevin Brock.
Gilyard played for new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia and was a fourth round pick of the St. Louis Rams back in 2010. He started his college career at Cincinnati as a cornerback before being converted to a wide receiver, where he worked his way into an All-American and one of the most explosive players in college football.
Though he’s yet to make an impact in the NFL — appearing in just 19 games — this is the perfect player to roll the dice with. Considering all of the issues the Chiefs have had both at receiver and in the return game, Gilyard is worth watching during training camp.
Dixon will have quite a hill to climb if he is going to make the final roster, but he’s used to working with long odds. He lost his scholarship out of high school to Vanderbilt after he was involved in a high profile legal case that landed him in prison.
His conviction was overturned and he was released from jail and was able to find a home at Hampton University. Dixon joined the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent before moving on to the New York Jets for parts of the last three seasons.
The third player joining the Chiefs is tight end Kevin Brock. The walk-on turned starter at Rutgers entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers and has bounced around since then. He’s has stops with the Jets, Pittsburgh STeelers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.
Beyond Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss, there should be plenty of competition for the third tight end on the Kansas City depth chart. Steve Maneri has shown plenty of potential, but is still very raw and is no guarantee to be in a Chiefs jersey next season.