Kansas City Chiefs re-sign wide receiver Jordan Smallwood
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs swapped wide receivers on the active roster with the release of Davon Grayson and the re-signing of Jordan Smallwood.
Jordan Smallwood went from signing with the Kansas City Chiefs to being released to now re-signing once again on Wednesday as the Chiefs decide what they want to do with the depth chart at wide receiver.
The Chiefs have toyed with a few wide receiver prospects this offseason as they look to the future, likely viewing such players as potential players for the team’s practice squad in 2018. Smallwood is a former player for the Oklahoma Sooners who went undrafted in this year’s NFL Draft. He takes the place of East Carolina wide receiver Davon Grayson, who apparently was waived due to injury.
Smallwood was signed earlier in May, but was released when the Chiefs signed Grayson instead.
More from Arrowhead Addict
- Former Chiefs cornerback in legal trouble in Las Vegas
- Chiefs Kingdom: Get ready to break contract news
- Chiefs news: Travis Kelce wants to host fan ‘chug-off’ in Germany
- Podcast: Breaking down the Chiefs biggest roster battles
- KC Chiefs send Dave Merritt to NFL coaching accelerator
Smallwood is an interesting addition (once again) because there’s nothing on the surface to get excited about. He had only 18 catches in his entire collegiate career at Oklahoma. He has no return experience at least in the last four years. Any team interested in Smallwood is based on a vision of him as a better pro than he was in college.
Any such vision begins with his size. At 6’2, 225 lbs., Smallwood looks the part of a nice physical target especially if matched up against an undersized corner. He also ran a 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his pro day. From there, it’s impossible to tell without being privy to insider information, but it’s likely that a scout who has earned Brett Veach’s trust believes there’s something there for Chiefs coaches to work with.
Smallwood has to be well aware that he faces an uphill climb to stick around for any length of time. The Chiefs already have plenty of veterans competing for spots on the active roster and even practice squad slots have favorites for them like Marcus Kemp, Gehrig Dieter and Byron Pringle. There’s also players like Elijah Marks and Daniel Braverman vying for the same reps.