Jan 22, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey discusses with his scouts and coaches following the Senior Bowl South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Sign Two Players


The Kansas City Chiefs have added to their roster, signing CB Kamaal McIlwain and offensive tackle Mike Teppe, the team announced this morning.

From the press release:

McIlwain (5-10, 175) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2011. After being released by the Falcons before the start of the regular season, he spent his rookie year on the New Orleans Saints practice squad. McIlwain was released by the Saints on Aug. 27, 2012 and then signed on with the Carolina Panthers where he served on their practice squad roster for the season. McIlwain was an All-South Atlantic Conference player at Newberry College. He prepped at Indian Land High School in Fort Mill, S.C.

Tepper (6-6, 354) has played in six games (four starts) in one NFL season with the Indianapolis Colts (2011). In 2011 and 2012, Tepper split time between the Colts practice squad and active roster before being released on Aug. 31, 2012. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. He was released by Dallas before the start of the 2010 season. Tepper played collegiately at California and prepped at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif.

Both of these guys are probably long-shots to make the final roster but it is clear that GM John Dorsey is not content with the bottom of the roster. Dorsey has been turning over the very bottom of the roster since he arrived and has continued to do so even though the Chiefs are well into training camp. This shows me that if Dorsey doesn’t think a player is going to make the team, he would rather evaluate someone else instead of keepign the player around for the duration of the preseason.

That is a smart strategy in my book. While most minor signings are likely to be cut, it is still good for the Chiefs to get a look at as many prospects as possible. The moves will also likely increase competition and effort as other bottom of the roster players may get nervous when they see some players being cut.

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  • micah stephenson

    Dorsey is so cool. Sunday these 2 guys was standing next to me watching practice. I ask one of them did he know who number so and so was. He looked in his program guide and said it’s so and so. He then asked me did I know #25 was. I said J.Charles. then he asked did I know who #82 was. I said D.Bowe. now at this point I’m thinking everyone knows who they are, this dude is dumb and must not know his personell but at the same time I’m looking at him like he looks just like the GM Dorsey. I didn’t want to sound stupid and ask him was he Dorsey so I asked a guy on the other side of the fence was that Dorsey. He said yup that’s him. That’s cool. He then went and sat on the 1st row with the fans and watched practice. Also during the autograph session someone said hey mr Pioli can I get yo autogragh, he laughed and gave the guy an autogragh. I asked him did he know Pioli was fired and Dorsey was GM. He said no laughed and said he probably needed to learn more about the team.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Great story, wish I could be there.

    • steve james

      Thanks for the story. Did you get his autograph?

      • micah stephenson

        No I didn’t. But I got a nice picture. I want to post it but it’s over 2 mb so I can’t upload it.

        • steve james

          Send it to Patrick, he can get er done!

  • Austin Wagner

    And now we know the reason Buddy Jackson was cut yesterday, although neither are that exciting.

  • FaAmos

    I like to see the GM not holdinf onto anyone he believes won’t make the roster, no reason to keep camp bodies for no reason when you can add some more players to evaluate. Although i really would like KC to sign Brandon Lloyd who would be the ideal fit as the No. 2 WR opposite D-Bowe who is good for 900 plus yards if not more if needed. We need a No. 2 so I’m curious why we don’t try to pull him into camp unless I’m missing something I believe he’s healthy but maybe there’s something I’m missing.

  • jim

    Good article, I like to see Dorsey and Reed evaluating more people if they feel the players they have won’t make the cut, one of our problems in the past is very little depth across the board, GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!