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Chiefs re-sign reserve defensive tackle

Former Mississippi State player Braxton Hoyett has returned to the team.

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According to the NFL transactions report, the Kansas City Chiefs have brought former Mississippi State defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett back into the fold, filling the hole in the team’s 80-man roster that was created when rookie offensive lineman Lucas Niang opted out of the 2020 season on Thursday.

Hoyett, 24, is listed at 6-feet-2 and 302 pounds. A native of Pelham, Alabama, he first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent for the Tennessee Titans in 2019, but was cut by the Titans at the end of training camp.

With Hoyett’s return, five current Chiefs hail from Mississippi State: Hoyett, defensive tackle Chris Jones, offensive tackle Martinas Rankin, rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. and rookie offensive lineman Darryl Williams.

Hoyett played four years for the Bulldogs, becoming a starter in his redshirt junior season. He accumulated 62 tackles (including 7.5 tackles for loss) and 1.5 sacks in 44 games, which included 22 starts.

The Chiefs signed Hoyett to their practice squad on October 1 of last season. He was released two weeks later, then re-signed to the practice squad a week after that. He remained there for the rest of the season and was signed to a reserve/future contract immediately after the Super Bowl. He was among the six players the Chiefs released on July 29 to get their roster down to 80 players — and now, he’s back.