Lawrence comes from McNeese State and was tabbed a speed guy early on. He's seen time at returner and receiver, as well as rushing the ball once. He's been activated in just two games this season so he is eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers. Considering the Chiefs have had so much turnover at the receiver position, I think anyone they release has a good shot at clearing waivers.
On September 28th, Steve Wyche of NFL.com reported that the Chiefs were thinking about promoting Long. He's a "Haley guy" (whatever that means) so the thinking was that the next available spot on the 53 man roster would be his. Nearly a month later and he's there.
Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com isn't too surprised by the move because Long apparently saw more reps in practice this week. He's been practicing with the team for the last month, and is familiar with Haley's system from last year in Arizona, so it's possible he could see some action tomorrow.
Long replaced receiver Rodney Wright on the practice squad when he was signed and how he'll replace another receiver on the active roster.
Lawrence is the first Pioli/Haley draft pick to be released (Actually, Javarris Williams was the first one waived, and then re-signed later).
We've had a few stories on Long since he was signed.
Chiefs sign Lance Long (and other bio stuff).
A conversation with the folks from Revenge of the Birds and why he didn't live up to the hype in Arizona.
Matt Conner cautions any high hopes of Long contributing right away.
(H/T JayKC for getting the original FanShot up while I was away celebrating Ms. Primetime's birthday. She's having some trouble with the fact that for the next three weeks she is four years older than me.)