While the 53-man rosters have been filed, the practice squad still supplies a lot of talent for teams across the league. The Chiefs have some of the deepest depth among all NFL rosters. This means that a lot of talented individuals are also on the Chiefs’ practice squad, with a great chance to be called up. With that said, here are three of the most riveting players that made the Chiefs’ practice squad:
3. Devon Key, S
Key could be the next UDFA diamond-in-the rough the Chiefs want. Devon Key was a UDFA linebacker out of Kentucky who transitioned to safety when the Chiefs picked him up. He showed out well in training camp, getting reps with the first team and making many great plays.
The main reason Key didn’t make the final roster was due to some lackluster performances in the preseason. His tackling was alright, but he was blown in coverage his fair share of times; to add insult to injury, Armani Watts outshined him, showing his improvement in coverage by coming away with two interceptions (led the Chiefs in the preseason).
A year on the practice squad should help refine and nurture his abilities as a safety. With numerous safeties on the final years of their deals (i.e Watts and Sorensen), they may bring in Key onto the final roster next year to fill in that roster depth. Who knows, we may see him called up if he has sonic improvement in practices.
2. Dicaprio Bootle, CB
With having one of the best names on this whole roster, Bootle was a preseason standout. In Week 2 of the preseason against the Cardinals, he tallied two tackles with a sack; he also had five total tackles (second-most tackles for the Chiefs that week) and a pass breakup too. He had a solid preseason but was overtaken by other corners like DeAndre Baker and Chris Lammons.
Bootle is still developing well, and the stats show it themselves. The film shows it too, being able to play press coverage well and have good abilities to keep up with his assignment:
If Bottle starts performing better than Lammons, then I could see Bootle taking up that last CB spot on the Chiefs’ depth chart. He may take a little longer to develop, but if all goes as planned, he could be a solid nickel corner of the near future.
1. Derrick Gore, RB
If you think Gore doesn’t belong on this list, then you are sorely mistaken. Gore was one of the prime performers for the Chiefs throughout the Preseason. In Week 2 of the preseason, he led the team in rushing with eight carries for 56 yards. Against the Vikings in the following week, he led the team again with six carries for 26 yards along with five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. This TD below tells the whole story of his dominance:
He showed solid speed and good acceleration to get to the second level, and was able to follow his blockers well; moreover, he showed his elusiveness with the number of juke moves in space. Additionally, he showed prowess as a solid backup RB, but due to limited roster spaces, he didn’t make the roster.
Now, he’s on the practice squad; furthermore, he is looking to be called up once the occasion arises. If his performance stays like what we’ve seen, then we may see him on the 53-man roster sooner than later.
- Darryl Williams, C (versatility in the interior o-line)
- Omari Cobb, LB (could be a good special teams contributor if development goes smoothly)
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