The Kansas City Chiefs made a number of roster changes on Tuesday, October 13, most of which were aimed at running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who suffered an MCL sprain in week 5, back Derrick Gore and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho on the 53-man squad and waived wide receiver Daurice Fountain.
Fountain will be fired after Kansas City on Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The team has not yet made the move official, but released Fountain notices of McGuire’s inclusion earlier this week.
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After a noticeable preseason in which he caught 10 passes for 118 yards, Fountain worked his way into the Chiefs training roster at the beginning of the regular season. He was inactive for all five regular season games until his release, and with the Chiefs having seven recipients between the active squad and the training team, it made sense to reduce that position after McGuire’s reported signing to Fountains. led departure.
Nonetheless, after his release, Fountain took Twitter and asked Kansas City – or any team, for that matter – to give him an opportunity, presumably a chance, to play in a meaningful NFL game.
“I just need one opportunity,” wrote Fountain.
Given his talent and hard work ethic, Fountain should find a home on someone else’s team training team sometime this season. The challenge for him is getting to a 53-man squad in the season. While his request is just an expression of emotion, there are many dominoes that must fall in the right direction for Fountain to affect an NFL team’s game day.
Ahead of the Kansas City preseason final against the Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy spoke about all of the right things Fountain did over the summer to be productive for the Chiefs and eventually find his way to the training team.
“Daurice (Fountain) is one of those kids who doesn’t want to take anything for granted,” said Bieniemy. “Daurice just wants to know what he can do better? The biggest thing Coach Joe Bleymaier, I, and Coach Reid have talked to him about is making sure he can refine three little aspects of his game every day.
“The boy works hard and is also a smart player. And then of course you saw the fruits of his labor, because what he has done in practice shows up on the day of the match and we see it anew every day. And that’s because he has invested in himself and in this playbook. And when he gets the chance to go upstairs and do this game, he just goes upstairs and does it. The kid is a great kid. I’m proud of what he’s done so far and we’ll just keep evaluating him. “
Unfortunately, there was no room left in Arrowhead for someone like Fountain. That’s business in the NFL.