On Saturday afternoon. the Kansas City Chiefs announced several roster moves through their official Twitter account. The Chiefs will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time.
WR Gehrig Dieter has been activated from the practice squad.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 2, 2021
TE Ricky Seals-Jones has been waived.
Wide receiver Gehrig Dieter has been moved from the practice squad to the active roster, while tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has been waived.
The Chiefs signed Seals-Jones, 25, back in April — but he only suited up for two games, playing a total of six offensive snaps. So on Sunday, Nick Keizer and Deon Yelder — and perhaps even fullback Anthony Sherman — are in line to see more snaps.
The Chiefs have also used standard practice-squad elevations to put quarterback Matt Moore and newly-signed offensive lineman Patrick Omameh on the active roster for Sunday’s game. Moore will back up Chad Henne, who will be playing in place of Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs signed Omameh — who has 57 career starts — to the practice squad last week.
Since linebacker Anthony Hitchens remains on the team’s reserve/COVID list, the team was was also able to elevate practice squad cornerback Deandre Baker to the the active roster with a COVID replacement designation. All three of these elevated players will return to the practice squad on Monday.
The Chiefs should get a good look at the 23-year-old Baker, rookie corner BoPete Keyes and slot defenders Rashad Fenton and Antonio Hamilton — in addition to a guard with plenty of veteran experience.
But with Seals-Jones’ waiver, there is also an outside chance that tight end Travis Kelce is pushing to suit up. Entering the week, Kelce sits only 43 receiving yards behind Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs for the NFL lead — and we have previously seen starters talk head coach Andy Reid into giving them playing time in meaningless games. This happened in the cases of Mitch Schwartz (start streak in 2017) and Kareem Hunt (rushing title in 2017).
The Bills play at Noon on Sunday.