We have elevated DB Alex Brown to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 5, 2019
WR Gehrig Dieter has been signed to the practice squad.
RB Darrel Williams has been placed on injured reserve. pic.twitter.com/sQeybYwtwq
Rookie cornerback Alex Brown, 23, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, then bounced from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New York Jets throughout training camp before landing on the Chiefs practice squad in early September. Brown is listed at 5 feet 11 and 170 pounds.
Here was Brown’s draft writeup from NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein:
Explosive, fast athlete with the size of a nickel cornerback but lacking the play traits for a smooth transition inside. Brown has decent ball production and his monster workout numbers will have teams scrambling for additional tape, but he needs plenty of additional work with his patience, footwork and route recognition. His length and recovery speed are major check marks in his favor, but a practice squad spot could be the goal as he continues to work on the fundamentals of the position.
Brown’s addition to the roster can’t mean good things for either Mo Claiborne or Rashad Fenton, who both missed practice to begin Patriots week on Wednesday.
Wide receiver and Patrick Mahomes’ best pal, Gehrig Dieter, is being stashed back on the practice squad.
Running back Darrel Williams to IR brings more sense to the Chiefs’ move to re-acquire Spencer Ware (Darrel’s season is now over). Damien Williams missed last game with a rib injury and he skipped practice on Wednesday ahead of Patriots week. If he can’t play, the Chiefs want to have at least three running backs on their roster headed into New England.
Those would be Ware, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson if Damien cannot go. Fullback Anthony Sherman is always around, too.