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Chiefs promote ex-Super Bowl starter and 5th-year WR

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According to the NFL’s personnel release dated Jan.

Reiter was a seventh-round draft pick for the then-Washington Redskins in the 2015 draft. He began his NFL career when he was demoted to Washington’s practice team during his rookie year, where he remained until the Cleveland Browns added him to their active roster in September 2016, per Football Reference.

Reiter stayed in Cleveland for two seasons and played in 17 total games for the Browns, but only amassed 67 snaps during that period. It wasn’t until the Chiefs called for him on waivers after Cleveland cut him in September 2018 that Reiter’s involvement on an NFL field made significant progress.

In three seasons with Kansas City, Reiter played in 42 regular season games and started in 32 of those games. He also played in six playoff games and started in all of them, including starts in the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls.

With the Chiefs making it a focus during the 2021 offseason to bolster their offensive line, Reiter was not re-signed and remained a free agent until the New Orleans Saints signed him for a short stint early in the 2021 season. On October 5, the Miami Dolphins signed Reiter, and he played in six games and started five of them before being waived on December 14, per Pro Football Reference.

The 31-year-old rider returned to Kansas City in March, was cut in August and re-signed to the Chiefs Practice Squad on Aug. 31. The veteran lineman was one of two practice squad players dropped by Kansas City on Nov. 29 to make way for defensive tackle Brandon Williams and veteran running back Melvin Gordon, but Reiter re-signed with the chiefs practice squad on Dec. 8 .

The inclusion of Reiter in the matchday line-up was an interesting move by the AFC West champions. The injury report prior to the Chiefs-Jaguars game did not list any offensive linemen, yet Kansas City opted to raise Reiter, who was never raised for a game during the regular season.

You can never have enough healthy linemen on game day, which is likely the thought process behind Reiter’s rise during the divisional round.

Kemp, 26, joined the NFL in 2017 without a call-up from Hawaii. In May of that year he signed with Kansas City. Since then, Kemp has mostly remained with the Chiefs outside of a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins in December 2020, according to Pro Football Reference. He played a total of 47 games during his career catching 4 passes on 8 goals for 42 yards. He had most of his damage with the Chiefs as a special teamer.

On July 26, Kemp signed with the New York Giants, who made Mike Kafka, former Chiefs quarterbacks coach and passing play coordinator, their new offensive coordinator under new head coach Brian Daboll.

On August 31, the Giants waived Kemp. He re-signed with the Kansas City practice team on October 2 and has remained there ever since.

Kemp was active for a total of three games in the regular season.

With Mecole Hardman (cymbals) still awaiting his return from injury, Kemp will take Hardman’s gameday pick while providing special team value for Kansas City versus Jacksonville.

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