The Kansas City Chiefs training camp roster is once again at the league maximum of 90. GM Scott Pioli has had to do some shuffling over the last week and the latest comes in the form of former South Carolina fullback Patrick DiMarco.
The Chiefs were already down to only one fullback, Shane Bannon, when undrafted free agent Taylor Gentry was unable to pass his physical. DiMarco adds a healthy body to the backfield, but he won’t be able to practice either as he sits out the mandated three-day “acclimation period”.
The Gamecock is already familiar with the division, having spent some time with the San Diego Chargers in training camp last season as an undrafted free agent before an injury cut his time there short.
While at South Carolina, the team captain began at fullback but started spending time at tight end in order to get him on the field more consistently. DiMarco appeared in all 52 possible games over four seasons carrying the ball just 11 times but managing to haul in 38 passes, including six touchdowns.
If Bannon is able to get back on the field after a few days of rest and stay healthy, DiMarco’s stint with the Chiefs could end up being a short one. There is no certainty offensive coordinator’s Brian Daboll will require a true fullback on the roster meaning keeping two past the first cut down could be a stretch.