Once the players released by other NFL teams on Saturday successfully passed through waivers, the Kansas City Chiefs made several moves on Sunday, putting the finishing touches on their 2013 regular season roster. Two players of note, DT Jerrell Powe and WR Devon Wylie, were among the players cut by the team.
The Chiefs claimed seven players off of waivers, CB Marcus Cooper, WR Chad Hall, DT Jaye Howard, TE Sean McGrath, LB James-Michael Johnson, LB Dezman Moses and CB Ron Parker.
In order to add those seven, the Chiefs had to let go of six players (LB Edgar Jones was traded to Dallas on Saturday) to stay at the league-mandated 53-man roster limit. The players waived were TE Kevin Brock, CB Jalil Brown, LB Zac Diles, S Bradley McDougald, as well as Powe and Wylie.
The Chiefs PR Department nicely put player capsules up on their web site, and this is what they say about the seven players added:
Marcus Cooper (6-2, 192) originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (252nd overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Rutgers where he saw action in 30 games, recording 46 tackles, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed. Cooper also saw time as a receiver and on the school’s special teams units. He prepped at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Conn.
Chad Hall (5-8, 187) has appeared in 15 games (one start) in two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2010-11), recording 14 receptions for 135 yards (9.6 avg.) with two touchdowns and adding 12 carries for 42 yards (3.5 avg.). He has returned 10 punts for 107 yards (10.7 avg.) and six kickoffs for 108 yards (18.0 avg.). He spent portions of the 2012 season on the San Francisco practice squad and went to training camp in 2013 with 49ers before being released. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles in 2010. Hall was a three-year letterman at the Air Force Academy and prepped at Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga.
Jaye Howard (6-3, 301) played in two contests his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection (114th overall) of the Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Howard played collegiately at Florida where he saw action in 45 games (25 starts), collecting 131 tackles (80 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. He prepped at Jones High School in Orlando, Fla.
James-Michael Johnson (6-1, 240) appeared in 10 games (eight starts) for the Cleveland Browns in 2012, recording 32 tackles (17 solo) and three special teams stops before being placed on injured reserve with an oblique injury. He originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft pick (120th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Nevada. At Nevada, he started 50 of the 54 games he played in. A native of Fairfield, Calif., Johnson prepped at Rodriguez High School.
Sean McGrath (6-5, 247) played in two games his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Seattle in 2012. He spent the majority of the 2012 season on the Seahawks practice squad roster. McGrath played collegiately at Henderson State (2010-11) and Eastern Illinois (2008) seeing action in 29 career games, tallying 89 catches for 1,018 yards (11.4 avg.) with seven touchdowns. He prepped at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill.
Dezman Moses (6-2, 249) played in all 16 games (six starts) for the Green Bay Packers in 2012, registering 24 tackles (12 solo), 4.0 sacks (-10.0 yards), two passes defensed and one forced fumble. He played in two postseason games (one start) with the Packers, recording six tackles and one fumble recovery. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2012. He played his final two years of collegiate football at Tulane after beginning his career at the University of Iowa. A native of Mount Holly, N.J., Moses prepped at Willingboro (N.J.) High School.
Ron Parker (6-0, 206) has played in 10 games in two NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2011, 2012), Oakland Raiders (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in 2011. Parker attended Newberry College, where he notched 178 tackles, 11 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He prepped at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C.
In addition to adding these seven to the regular season roster, the team announced signing eight players to be on their practice squad. Of note, former KU Jayhawk, FB Toben Opurum was signed, as well as WR Frankie Hammond Jr., who made some nice plays during training camp and the preseason.
Here are the eight players signed to the practice squad:
PLAYER - POSITION
- Malcolm Bronson - S
- Tommie Draheim - OL
- Darin Drakeford - LB
- Frankie Hammond Jr. - WR
- Demetrius Harris - TE
- Toben Opurum - FB
- Matt Reynolds - T
- Rokevious Watkins - OL
The Chiefs will now begin practicing in earnest for next Sunday’s season-opening game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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