And the winner of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2020 C.J. Spiller Award is... wide receiver Marcus Kemp.
Like the former Buffalo Bills running back — who bounced on and off the team’s active roster back throughout the 2017 season — Kemp is reported to be making a return to the Chiefs, according to a report from friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick.
The Chiefs are planning to bring back WR Marcus Kemp to the practice squad, per sources. His practice squad contract with Miami expired this morning. NFL allowing unlimited PS activations in postseason, so he would be eligible for elevation to active roster if needed for KC.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) January 11, 2021
This time, Kemp will be returning to the practice squad. As Derrick noted, practice squad elevations will be unlimited during the postseason, so Kemp could be available for any Chiefs game through the remainder of the season.
After emerging as a key special teams player in 2018 — his second season with the team — Kemp appeared to be on the way to taking a more active role in the offense during 2019’s training camp. But after tearing both an MCL and ACL in a preseason game, he spent the championship season on injured reserve. Last spring, the Chiefs declined to offer him an exclusive rights free agent tender.
But by August, he had recovered from his injury and the Chiefs re-signed him. After making the 53-man roster out of training camp, he was waived (and then re-signed to the practice squad) in early October, elevated from the practice squad in three different games, moved to the active roster in late November and then waived in mid-December — when he joined the Miami Dolphins to conclude the regular season. Once the Dolphins’ season ended, Kemp became a free agent.
Despite appearing in only 10 games for the Chiefs in 2020, Kemp was in for 37% of the team’s total special team’s snaps.
The Chiefs already have the maximum of 16 players on their practice squad. So when the signing is made official, we expect the Chiefs to release another practice squad player.