The Kansas City Chiefs made a roster move on Tuesday, adding defensive back/strong safety Chris Cooper to the practice squad.
The #Chiefs have signed defensive back Chris Cooper to their practice squad, per the NFL’s official transaction report.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) January 8, 2019
Cooper, 24, first entered the league in 2018 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts but was waived by the team with an injury designation prior to the 53-man roster deadline.
Cooper spent a couple weeks on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad before being released last week and landing with the Chiefs on Tuesday.
S Chris Cooper had tryout with Chiefs and was signed to their practice squad.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) January 9, 2019
The 5-foot-10, 202-pound Cooper spent three years at Stony Brook University (2015-17), where he compiled 147 tackles, five pass breakups and four interceptions.
According to Josh Thomson of lohud.com, Cooper began garnering NFL attention his senior season, when he recorded nine tackles away at South Florida. He then ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the Stony Brook pro day. For comparison’s sake, that is the same speed Sammy Watkins ran the drill at his Scouting Combine.
There is no surprise there was interest from the Chiefs, who made a change late in the season to play cornerback Charvarius Ward stemming from his speed.
“I just felt like I had a better chance with the Colts,” Cooper said. “I felt like the chance for me to make the 53-man roster was going to be higher.”
Cooper likely won’t be on a 53-man roster on Saturday, but he will be a member of the organization playing the Colts in the divisional round, coming full circle his rookie season.