The Kansas City Chiefs were very busy on November 28th. After it was revealed that KC was planning to sign Melvin Gordon, a veteran running back, on the practice roster, they took another step on the offensive line.
The practice team’s addition first surfaced on the official NFL transaction line and was later confirmed by NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero among other. Kansas City signed former Las Vegas Raiders draft pick Bryan Edwards, who was originally a promising third-round receiver from South Carolina.
The 6-foot-3 Edwards received a lot of hype from college — ex-Raiders head coach Jon Gruden even compared him to Hall-of-Famer wide receiver Terrell Owens in terms of looks and potential skills.
Las Vegas reporter Levi Edwards later countered that the prospect for him at training camp looked “more like Randy Moss”. Needless to say, these are some impressive NFL competitions, but the hype train didn’t end there.
ESPN writer Bill Barnwell described Edwards as a “longshot” to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020, right alongside Cam Akers and Jalen Hurts.
“Thirteen wide receivers were drafted to Edwards in April, but few of them garnered more attention or attention during camp than Las Vegas’ third-round pick,” Barnwell said at the time. “The 6-foot-3 Edwards was a prolific player in South Carolina for four years, only to end his 2019 season with a knee injury before breaking his foot while preparing for the NFL combine. Edwards then fell in the draft, where the Raiders caught him with the 81st pick.
Barnwell added that because of Edwards’ size and presence in the red zone, he “moved up the depth chart quickly and was able to make an impact right away.”
In the end, Edwards started with the Raiders in 15 games and appeared in 28. Over two seasons, he rushed for 764 yards and four touchdowns, with a career-high 571 yards in 2021.
After Gruden was fired and the new regime replaced him, the 2022 WR nominee was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He’s struggled to establish himself in Arthur Smith’s run-heavy system this season, with three receptions (15 yards) in seven appearances.
NFL Network Draft expert Lance Zierlein once described him as a “consistently prolific ‘player’ with [the] Size to fight for tight throws and [the] Speed to over-challenge.”
“While he should be able to improve his distance running, hands can always be hit or miss,” Zierlein concluded. “He’s a projectable ‘HWS’ (height-weight-speed) prospect with WR2/WR3 potential.”
KSHB41 That revealed Nick Jacobs The Chiefs’ corresponding cut in signing Edwards – defensive end Azur Kamara.
The feel-good story from Ivory Coast flipped back and forth on the practice team in 2022 after beginning his career with the Dallas Cowboys. The Chiefs decided to bring Kamara back when D-End Frank Clark’s start was suspended.
Now that Clark has returned, they don’t need the deep pass rusher anymore. Given that Kamara has re-signed in the past, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this happened again in the future.
The African native has some Kansas roots and joined the Jayhawks in college with five sacks and 10.5 tackles in a two-campaign loss. Kamara has never snapped on defense in a regular-season game, though he spent some time on special teams with the Cowboys during his rookie year.