Chiefs Sign FB Ryan D’Imperio

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they have signed FB Ryan D’Imperio.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

D’Imperio (6-3, 240) has played in 12 games (one start) in two NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2010-11). After spending the 2010 season on the club’s practice squad, D’Imperio was promoted to the active roster in October of 2011, recording two catches for seven yards. He was released by the Vikings before the 2012 season.

The Sewell, N.J., native originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (237thoverall) of the Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft. D’Imperio played linebacker at Rutgers, recording 185 tackles, 7.0 sacks (-55.0 yards), two interceptions, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He prepped at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J.

This is likely a training camp signing. The Chiefs don’t have a lot of competition at FB so they are probably brining in D’Imperio to rectify that.

He didn’t play last year and when he did play for the Vikings in 2011, he was graded a -3.3 overall by Pro Football Focus.

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  • Zachary Barry

    Maybe a 6-7th rounder would have worked out just the same. We shall see how this works out.

  • KCPauly

    The guy looks like a beast, maybe they signed him to be thumper ILB? that’s what he played in college so one never knows, (and for Micah Geno) LOL :~))

    • ladner morse

      He didn’t play FB until he came to the NFL … so it makes you wonder. At 6-1, 244 he looks like he could do some damage from the ILB position.

      • Jim Harper

        6’3″ Laddie, and that was the first thing that came to my mind. It’s apparent that we will need a top shell psychic to figure out what Reid/Dorsey are thinking. Kinda fun though!

  • Chief Hokie

    Wonder why he switched positions – seemed like LB was working out for him.

    • KCMikeG

      Nice call Hokie! We got us some pretty smart cookies running the show these days. Maybe they just solved our only wide open position?

      • Chief Hokie

        Hey Mike, its been awhile. Are you on board with Alex Smith as our QBOTF. Do you think he has what it takes to win the Superbowl?
        I Don’t. :(

        • KCMikeG

          Good to see you active here too. I am cautiously optimistic on Alex Smith and that is hard for me being such a Homer. His history of injuries and his play until 2010 concern me. My fear – Please don’t let this be a repeat of 2009.

          On the positive his excellent top ranked play over the last two years should have made him a QB on two Super Bowl teams. I read an article on him going through the home booing in 2010 and instead of crumbling like a “sandcastle” he was born again. In SF he had a great coaching staff, a run game and a great defense – sound familiar? I believe this is exactly what Reid & Dorsey have built and why they went after him with such aggression.

          Can he win a Super Bowl? Yes, he was on the door step and his ST’s took away his chance to prove it. My question is do you believe we have or will have the pieces to complete the puzzle around him?

    • berttheclock

      His production at LB for Rutgers dropped down his senior year.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s great to have competition, but Pat DiMarco will make the roster. This guy has helped to spring Charles quite a few times. He was a big part of that huge rushing day against the Colts.

  • berttheclock

    A couple of years ago, the Niners took a DE from, either, South or Central Florida, and turned him into their starting FB blocking for Gore. However, why didn’t Schiano try to pick him up for the Bucs, as he coached him at Rutgers?