KC Chiefs clearly like these four practice squad prospects

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach on field before the game against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach on field before the game against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 27: Running back Ito Smith of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball as he is hit by defensive end Austin Edwards #60 and linebacker Emmanuel Smith #43 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2nd half of the preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 27, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 27: Running back Ito Smith of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball as he is hit by defensive end Austin Edwards #60 and linebacker Emmanuel Smith #43 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2nd half of the preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 27, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Austin Edwards, defensive end

Austin Edwards is nearing the end of his second season in the NFL and given the fact that the Chiefs have protected him twice in recent weeks, it makes us believe the team likes the direction he’s trending for 2022.

Edwards first entered the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons back in 2020 as a rookie free agent out of Ferris State. He was good enough to be activated during the regular season from the practice squad, which speaks well of his talent and work ethic to make the leap from undrafted small-school prospect to the active roster of an NFL team, and perhaps that drew the Chiefs interest after his late-season release from the Falcons.

Edwards had 17.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks during his final season at Ferris State, a strong Division II team annually. It’s impossible to know if he’ll ever contribute anything close to that at the pro level, but remember that Tim Ward was a developmental project who needed a couple of years before pushing for an active roster spot. The fact that he’s remained on the roster for a full calendar year and is now being protected shows that the Chiefs aren’t playing around here and want to secure his services going forward.

That could be good news in an upcoming offseason in which the Chiefs are going to have to make several moves on the edge. Mike Danna and Josh Kaindoh are under contract, but the Chiefs have to address Frank Clark’s cap impact and Alex Okafor and Melvin Ingram will both his unrestricted free agency once again. Malik Herring is also around on IR as a player stashed so Edwards will have to work for it, but there’s a real opportunity here for a team that likes his potential.

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