The Kansas City Chiefs added a couple of new names to the team's practice squad as they continue to tinker with the unit following the frenzy of roster cuts earlier this week. On Thursday, they released one player and added two bringing the total to 17.
The Chiefs can carry 17 total players on the practice squad, one above the typical roster limit of 16, because they are also carrying offensive tackle Jason Godrick. If a team carries a person who is part of the league's International Pathways Program, then they're offered an extra spot.
The Chiefs added a couple of new faces to the practice squad on Thursday evening.
The Chiefs cut Reese Taylor after a nice preseason with the team in a sort of surprise move. The Purdue product had a limited ceiling as an NFL prospect with average measurables and stature, but he's always proven productive wherever he's played (at both Indiana and Purdue in the Big Ten) and he's a special teams maven.
That said, the Chiefs made this move for a reason and brought in the "other" Taylor—Keith Taylor—who has been with the Carolina Panthers for the last two seasons before being cut. Earlier this week, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach spoke with the media and mentioned a concern about the youth in the cornerback room so perhaps Veach was anxious to add some more experience instead of carrying yet another rookie.
Keith Taylor was the fifth-round pick for Carolina back in 2021 who has played in every single game since being drafted. With 5 starts and 34 total games played, he instantly becomes one of the elder statesmen at a position also featuring second-year players like Trent McDuffie, Jaylen Watson, and Joshua Williams and rookies Nic Jones and Chamarri Conner.
As for Washington, he was a surprising fifth-round choice for the Denver Broncos in the 2022 NFL Draft. Taken from the small school of Samford, Washington was largely projected as an undrafted prospect, but Washington deserves credit for generating a nice preseason buzz in Denver last summer and at least sticking around this long.
Washington comes with return skills and surprised in the preseason as a receiver for Denver, so it seems like the Chiefs were looking for someone to offer what Ihmir Smith-Marsette once provided before trading him to the Carolina Panthers.