Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Chiefs add 2 RB reinforcements, shorten Preseason Darling

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The Kansas City Chiefs decided to make things official and relocate the star who is bringing Clyde Edwards-Helaire back to the injured reserve. That means he will miss at least three games, which would result in his earliest possible return date in week 9 against the Green Bay Packers.

While the franchise was tied to players like Marlon Mack via trade, they took a few steps to immediately expand the running backroom behind Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon.

Both are familiar faces that fans may remember from the last training camps.

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For now, Williams appears to be keeping the starting role with McKinnon as number two as the Chiefs have chosen to do so promote from within. General Manager Brett Veach signed Derrick Gore from the preseason training team along with Prince Tega Wanogho for offensive tackle.

Gore was not related to Frank and was originally a perpetual free agent from Louisiana-Monroe – although he began his college career in Alabama. In his best season at the NCAA level, the half-back managed 5.1 yards per carry with 21 receptions and six touchdowns (12 games).

The Syracuse native is a stocky 5-foot-10, 210 pound. Gore has been jumping around on training teams since 2019, but he hasn’t played an NFL game yet. As a walk-on in Alabama, the RB distinguishes himself as a fighter who runs hard and has the ability to contribute to specialty teams.

Gore wasn’t the only rusher Kansas City added, however. Veach didn’t leave his training pitch open for long, hiring Elijah McGuire, who was in the franchise for a short time in 2019 and 2020, as well as the 2021 training camp. In August, the Chiefs parted ways with the former New York Jets sixth round selection after an injury settlement.

He has played in 24 career games at the NFL level with 591 rushing yards, 36 receptions (370 yards), and a total of six touchdowns. Veach may choose to raise McGuire for Week 6 bout with the Washington Football team if necessary.

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We mentioned earlier that the Chiefs promoted Tega Wanogho alongside Gore. Since ‘CEH’ went to the IR it meant that another player had to leave and that was wide receiver Daurice Fountain.

Kansas City signed the ex-Colts passport catcher this spring, and many backers thought he could become special in Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy’s system, but he never picked up a catch for the franchise.

As for the offensive tackle that took his place, Tega Wanogho was a fascinating prospect from Auburn. He was a bit raw when he entered the league as a sixth round draft pick with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the physical characteristics are exciting.

The 6-foot-5,308-pound tackle is good in length and mobility, and excels in space as a run blocker than in pass protection. Coach Reid could use a little more depth on the offensive as Joe Thuney struggles with a broken hand and Kyle Long on the shelf.

Finally, Veach signed linebacker Darius Harris to the training team. This is another return to Kansas City. The former UDFA has spent his entire professional career at various levels in the Chiefs organization. He made contributions in 2020 with 126 snaps in defense and 58 in special teams, a total of 14 tackles, a defended pass and a fumble recovery.

The franchise could use all the help they can get on the defensive side right now, so we may see Harris put back into a special team / depth role.

Finally, Veach signed linebacker Darius Harris to the training team. This is another return to Kansas City. The former UDFA has spent his entire professional career at various levels in the Chiefs organization. He made contributions in 2020 with 126 snaps in defense and 58 in special teams, a total of 14 tackles, a defended pass and a fumble recovery.



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