Former Chiefs OL Yasir Durant is already earning playing time with Patriots
By Matt Conner
While Yasir Durant is no longer with the K.C. Chiefs, we’re still very much interested in how he’s doing these days in the National Football League.
Just because the Chiefs traded him shortly before the season began doesn’t mean we don’t wish him well, which is why we were thrilled to see him earning some significant practice reps on Thursday with the first-team offensive line for the New England Patriots.
The Patriots are currently dealing with a couple key injuries in practice, including right tackle Trent Brown. And at least for today’s practice, Durant is apparently getting a look at manning the position in his place.
Yasir Durant could be in line to replace Trent Brown for Patriots.
Durant already earned some reps subbing in for Brown during last week’s season opener after the starter left due to a calf injury. He played in 23 snaps in Week 1, which was 31 percent of the offensive total snaps. Brown’s remained out of practice for each of the last two days with Durant taking over at right tackle on Thursday. Justin Herron is also in the mix there as the other sub during last week’s game.
The Chiefs traded Durant for a seventh round selection in 2022 shortly before this season’s roster cuts were due, so if the Pats are able to get any sort of early season reps out of the deal, they got themselves a steal from the Chiefs (from their perspective). Then again, for the Chiefs, Durant was likely going to be gone for nothing on the waiver wire given the amount of depth they’ve collected across the offensive front this offseason.
Durant was originally signed by the Chiefs out of Mizzou after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.