Chiefs Promote Rishaw Johnson To Roster, Waive Josh Martin

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The Kansas City Chiefs made a move to beef up their offensive line depth yesterday, elevating G, Rishaw Johnson to the 53-man roster. The team also announced that they have waived LB, Josh Martin.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has elevated guard Rishaw Johnson to the active 53-man roster from the club’s practice squad. Additionally, the team has waived linebacker Josh Martin.

Johnson (6-3, 313) joined the Chiefs practice squad on Sept. 3, 2013. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in April of 2012. He served primarily on the Seahawks practice squad during his rookie season before being released by Seattle on Aug. 31, 2013. Johnson played collegiately at California University of Pennsylvania and was a teammate of current Chiefs center Eric Kush. Johnson was voted a team captain for the Vulcans and was a first-team All-American in 2011 after playing the previous three seasons at Ole Miss. He prepped at Hammond High School in Hammond, La.

Martin (6-3, 245) joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2013. He was inactive for the club’s first three games. Prior to joining the Chiefs, he played in 30 games for Columbia University (N.Y.), tallying 140 tackles (85 solo), 29.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks (-118.0 yards), two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two passes defensed. Martin prepped at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colo.

This is just some more bottom of the roster shuffling. We are now going into the fourth week of the season and as players start to get banged up, Chiefs GM John Dorsey will likely continue shifting around players so that he can ensure the team has enough emergency depth at certain positions.

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  • chiefridgy

    What is depth.?.?.?

  • ArrowFan

    Is this because Allen is banged up?

  • richbrad1970

    Normally, a “bottom” of the roster move wouldn’t even be newsworthy.

    However, when a proud franchise bottoms out; activity needs to be monitored. What’s happening, is incredible for the first time in years, we have a GM who is being proactive. This decision proves it, let’s face it the O-line, is the teams achilles.

    Smith is currently being criticized for his inability to get the ball to Bowe, or down the field. With that being said, the pocket continually closes in on him, meaning you take the deep route away. A post or streak takes time to develop, and since Bowe is double covered and the primary deep threat Smith can’t get the ball to him. So it appears as though he can’t go deep.

    No, this is not a starting line up change but, it appears management is watching and making the necessary moves to be a contender

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