Marcus Rush provides Chiefs with intriguing pass rush prospect

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26: Marcus Rush
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26: Marcus Rush /

The Kansas City Chiefs have filled the hole after releasing Tourek Williams by signing linebacker Marcus Rush.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to rotate their choice of outside linebackers on the roster with the signing of former Michigan State product Marcus Rush, per an NFL transaction announcement.

Rush replaces former San Diego Chargers linebacker Tourek Williams, who was both signed and release in approximately one week’s time. The Chiefs released Victor Ochi earlier in May to make room for Williams, so the revolving door keeps spinning. Whether Rush will stick for any length of time, let alone make a real impact, is anyone’s guess.

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Rush entered the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent and remained with the team for the bulk of two seasons on the practice squad. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars entered the equation and signed Rush away to their active roster for the final two games of last season. Unfortunately for Rush, the Jags released him on May 9, which made him available for the Chiefs to sign.

Rush will face a significant uphill climb to make an impact on the Chiefs, who already have Tamba Hali, Dee Ford, Justin Houston, Frank Zombo and Dadi Nicholas as outside linebackers. Fortunately he’s already shown he can rush the passer at the pro level, at least in the preseason, and it’s a bit odd that a losing team thin on talent like the Niners failed to give Marcus Rush a real shot in the regular season.