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Chiefs Sign Acquisition of Veterans for Active Roster: Report

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We have news from the Kansas City Chiefs this morning, October 12th. Taylor Stallworth, signed on off-season defensive tackles, is promoted to the 53-man roster ahead of Week 6.

NFL player agent announced Brett Tessler tweeted the move, stating, “The Kansas City Chiefs just added my client Taylor Stallworth to their 53-man roster. [The] Year 5 veteran DT has been on their training team for the last 5 weeks and has spent the last few years doing so [of] seasons [with] with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was a valuable member of their D-Line rotation.”

It’s no surprise that Stallworth will be activated at the end of the season given news of Tershawn Wharton’s injury. The pass-rushing DT tore his ACL on Monday Night Football, and this move helps fill the void he left.

In theory, Stallworth could also help run defense. Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs grounded for 154 yards all over the Chiefs’ defensive line in Week 5.

To be fair, the same Kansas City front dominated a rushing attack by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that was immediately stopped (three yards total) the week before. Stallworth isn’t a clogger like Danny Shelton — another veteran D-tackle on the KC practice team — but he’s a dual threat who can play both the running and passing games fairly well.

Stallworth, 27, joined the NFL in 2018 from South Carolina without a call-up. He made the New Orleans Saints’ first 53-man roster before hopping up and down on the practice team for two seasons, according to Pro Football Reference.

The veteran defenseman then signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2020 and appeared in 32 games over the next two campaigns — with 28 tackles (five by loss), 13 quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks.

Stallworth’s sustained promotion to 53 solidifies an inside line of defense that has had a strong start to the year. Chris Jones leads for five weeks with an elite score of 91.9 on Pro Football Focus. The superstar DT already has 20 quarterback pressures and five defensive stops against the run.

Former third-rounder Khalen Saunders also enjoyed a resurgence in 2022. PFF has given him solid marks all round (66.8 overall), with two QB prints and eight defensive stops.

Analytically, the weak link was fifth-year veteran Derrick Nnadi. He currently has a lazy 39.1 on PFF with zero QB pressure and a 41.2 run defense score. That includes two missed tackles and two defensive stops.

The Chiefs also dropped fellow defensive tackle Cortez Broughton from the practice team on Oct. 11, according to the NFL transaction line. Charles Goldman of Chiefs Wire spoke about last night’s move:

“Broughton was only recently reinstated on the training squad after spending some time with Kansas City last offseason. He missed training camp due to a failed physical determination but they have had him on the training team for two weeks now. Broughton spent the entire 2021 NFL season on the team’s practice squad, playing three defensive snaps in Week 15 against the [Los Angeles] chargers last year.”

Given Wharton’s injury, it’s a bit odd that the Chiefs have decided to release Broughton now, but it could mean another transaction is on the horizon.

The seventh round of the former Chargers entered the NFL in 2019. He was credited with nine career tackles and one pass deflection.

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