When the Kansas City Chiefs signed WR Keary Colbert, it seemed like his odds were as long as the undrafted free agents he was competing against. After all, Colbert had been coaching tight ends at USC and hadn’t played since a stint in the UFL.
However the former second-round pick started to impress during his time with the Chiefs in training camp and it started to look like he might make it all the way back. Standing in his way of locking down the final wide receiver spot were youngsters Jeremy Horne and Verran Tucker, who had both spent time on the active roster in 2010.
When Todd Haley and Scott Pioli had to make that final cut down to 53, it was Horne and Tucker on their way out of town (though Horne was added to the practice squad) and Colbert holding on as the Chiefs sixth receiver.
One person that isn’t surprised by the comeback is Lane Kiffin, the man Colbert was working for at USC.
“I was watching him, and it just occurred to me — I mean, I’ve been up there, so I know what the fourth, fifth receivers making the roster are like, and it was obvious that he can still play,” Kiffin told the AP. “I just encouraged him to do it, because that window is going to close. You can never go back through it.”
From there Colbert made a YouTube video and soon found his way on a plane to Kansas City. Now comes Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, which could end up being Colbert’s first regular season appearance since 2008. The key word is “could”, since there’s a chance he isn’t on the active roster as the Chiefs try to find the most versatile game day roster while still compensating for not having first round pick Jonathan Baldwin due to his thumb injury.
Either way, this isn’t Colbert’s first rodeo and he knows that things can change quickly for him in Kansas City.
“I’ve been down the road before, I’ve seen it happen, so I kind of understand what to expect from this business.”