The Kansas City Chiefs added a new linebacker to their practice squad this week with the addition of former Browns player Tyrone Holmes.
Late in the season, there’s often a lot of turnover in the practice squad for each team as some franchises make moves to grab prospects from their rivals. Other times, a team has seen enough of the current players on the squad and they want to bring in new ones for some late season or even offseason evaluation.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been no different, losing offensive lineman Damien Mama to the New York Giants in recent weeks and then choosing to bring up Leon McQuay to the active roster. In the midst of all of the moves, they’ve added a couple new players.
The latest addition to the practice squad is a player, Tyrone Holmes, who has already been on the rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.
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Holmes first joined the NFL as the sixth round pick of the Jaguars just last year, in the 2016 NFL Draft. A small school prospect out of Montana, Holmes was cut after training camp that very summer but has found a home on the Browns’ practice squad for each of the last two seasons. During this year, Holmes even earned a few weeks on the active roster, but he was cut just two days ago by new general manager John Dorsey.
The move to bring in Holmes likely means that Brett Veach, the Chiefs general manager, liked Holmes during the draft evaluation process in ’16. In terms of productivity there’s a lot to like about his tape, given his career sack total of 34.5 (and a year in which he led all FCS defenders in sacks with 18 back in 2015).
At this point, the Chiefs are likely bringing in Holmes as a coachable project and it wouldn’t be surprising if they signed him to a reserve/futures contract in January to allow them to work with Holmes throughout the offseason. He’s the sort of pass rushing project they already have in Dadi Nicolas, and it’s impossible to tell how these players might convert until considerable effort has already been put in.