Chiefs Made 15 Roster Moves, Included Daniel Sorensen Release
By Ben Nielsen
Jun 11, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy works out during organized team activities at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The practice squad saw all kinds of turnover today. Here are the players who were waived from the practice squad.
FB Jordan Campbell
DT Hebron Fangupo
C Ben Gotschalk
WR Darryl Surgent
Campbell’s release shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that Anthony Sherman only saw six snaps in Sunday’s loss. If the Chiefs are not going to use a fullback then what is the point of having two of them on your pseudo 63-man roster?
For the most part these players should be available to the Chiefs should they want to resign them to the practice squad on a later date. Although Kansas City could probably do better than these four if there was an immediate need to sign someone at those positions.
Here are the players added to the practice squad.
WR Armon Binns
T Curtis Feigt
TE Adam Schiltz
CB Robert Steeples
DT Jerel Worthy
All of these signings make a lot of sense, and it is arguable that the collective group is exceedingly more talented than the group that is leaving.
Feigt is an undrafted free agent who spent time with the Bengals this summer. With the suspension of Donald Stephenson and the elbow injury to Jeff Allen, the Chiefs are suddenly extremely thin at the tackle position. Ryan Harris and Jeff Linkenbach can each play tackle for a game or two but if one of them goes down then the Chiefs are in a lot of trouble. Hence the signing of Feigt.
It was a surprise to me Schiltz wasn’t one of the first practice squad signings after the cutdown due to the importance of the position to the Chiefs offense. Alas, he’s here now and that’s a wise move on the Chiefs part. Having more time to learn the playbook and get comfortable in the system should make him a good backup option if the Chiefs end up needing one.
Binns missed the 2013 season after tearing his ACL and MCL in training camp. He’s 6-3, 210 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. His size and speed combination could be useful if the Chiefs can develop it within the system. Binns has five career starts (11 games played) and has caught 24 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown while playing with the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins.
Robert Steeples is a former Missouri cornerback who was active for two games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013. Steeples doesn’t have the speed the Chiefs traditionally look for in cornerbacks (4.5 40) but he does have the size to maybe convert to safety. I would expect this spot rotates with a lot of different defensive back prospects over the course of the season.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, the Chiefs added former second round Green Bay Packers draft pick Jerel Worthy to the practice squad. One would think he would be promoted to the 53-man sometime in the near future, possibly taking Damion Square’s spot on the team.
Worthy’s early career has been hit with injuries, playing in only 16 games since being selected in the 2012 draft. He had 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and 14 tackles in a reserve role his rookie season and then missed 14 games due to injury in 2013. He’s young (24), talented, has good size (6-2, 308), and potentially solve some problems for the Chiefs caused by the DeVito injury.