Dillon Gordon replaces Damien Mama on Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Charles Harris
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Charles Harris /

The Kansas City Chiefs have replaced Damien Mama on the practice squad with another offensive lineman in Dillon Gordon.

On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs lost an offensive line prospect in Damien Mama from their practice squad when the New York Giants signed him away to their active roster. By that evening, the Chiefs had announced his replacement, another young lineman, with the signing of Dillon Gordon.

Mama was an undrafted free agent who signed with the team after the 2017 NFL Draft. He showed well during OTAs and looked promising enough to last all through training camp and make the practice squad. However, the Chiefs kept a ton of veteran offensive lineman on their roster and also traded for Cam Erving, leaving zero space for a rookie among the position group on the roster.

The Giants took advantage of the Chiefs roster structure and stole Mama, which now means the Chiefs now turn to Gordon. The 24-year-old lineman played college ball at Louisiana State University as a blocking tight end, but after going undrafted, he signed with the Eagles who started his conversion to offensive tackle.

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It’s unclear whether the Chiefs view Gordon in the exact same way as the Eagles, but given that he’s replacing Mama, it’s likely that they will try to see if they can finish the project the Eagles started. Given his tremendous size at 6’4, 322 lbs., it’s definitely worth a shot.

As an interesting anecdote, Gordon is also a cousin to former Chiefs defensive lineman Tyson Jackson.