The K.C. Chiefs were reportedly ready to add 16 (mostly) young players to their practice squad on Wednesday after losing a few of their own (the official announcement is not yet here but all these signings have been reported). It stung to watch the likes of Tim Ward and BoPete Keyes land elsewhere after being claimed on waivers, but the Chiefs were able to put together a talented group of developmental guys in reserve.
While there’s reason to applaud each addition, and Brett Veach is certainly happy to have each player for various reasons, we thought we’d highlight four in particular who have us excited to see them on the practice squad for the Chiefs.
Shakur Brown, CB
With Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes in their contract seasons for the Chiefs, a guy like Shakur Brown has a good opportunity in front of him to stand out on the team’s practice squad and earn the coaches’ trust.
Brown is one of a few new imports on the Chiefs practice squad this year and he’s a bit of an anomaly as a smaller cornerback (just under 5’10”, 185 lbs.) for Steve Spagnuolo, who tends to love length in his pass defenders. However, he’s got good instincts and excellent ball skills and plays with the sort of sticky toughness that makes up for that lack of prototypical size.
Brown had 5 interceptions in only 7 games during his final season with the Spartans, but his production was pretty sparse before that. The limited body of work and size concerns brought up questions, but he’s got the spark that could really make a dent in the secondary. When you get a chance to unearth a playmaker, you sign him and see what can develop.