Chiefs Sign OL Russ Hochstein

Shortly after we learned that the Kansas City Chiefs placed CB Jacques Reeves on IR, the news broke that the team has signed free agent OL/G Russ Hochstein.

Hochstein, a former Denver Bronco, spend training camp with the Arizona Cardinals before being released in the last round of cuts. He played his college ball at Nebraska and was drafted in the 5th round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001.

As with many of the players the Chiefs bring in, Hochstein has ties to the New England Patriots. He signed with the Patriots in 2002 and became their go-to backup interior lineman. He often stepped in and started when other players were injured. He stayed with the team until he was traded to the Broncos in 2009.

Hochstein is 34 and is at the end of his career but he should be able to provide a decent veteran backup option for a battered Chiefs offensive line. He should also be rather familiar with the blocking schemes in Brian Daboll’s offense which likely shares some similarities to what the Patriots did and what Josh McDaniels did when Hochstein was in Denver.

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  • Jim Harper

    Offensive line depth is always good, but makes me wonder how badly Hudson was hurt. Romeo said it was a knee, but did not elaborate. Lilja did a fine job at center though.

  • Danny W

    Well I thought Jeff Allen did a really nice job. Shouldn’t we let the second rounder stick in there and see how he pans out. If this guy is depth thats fine but lets see what Allen can do.

  • NicholasAlanClayton

    Wait … is he they guy taking a knockout punch from T Jax in this photo?

    • Patrick Allen


      • tm1946

        Save this pic, It does not happen all that much.

  • tm1946

    It is good to know Pioli is staying true to form. He loves anyone who ever wore a NE uniform. Guy is not a C or DB but he did play in NE. We are saved.