It wasn't all that long ago when Jerrell Powe was at home in Mississippi, waiting on his phone to ring.
A former sixth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2011, the 6-foot-2, 331-pound nose guard had experienced all the lows the Chiefs went through the previous two years. So after he was cut on Sept. 1 — right before the Chiefs rocketed off to a 9-0 start — he admits it took him a while to get over it.
“The first six weeks, it was hard for me to watch (these guys),” Powe said. “I didn't sit down and watch a whole game until Week 7.”
Powe, 26, says he was saddened, but he wasn't hurt. And at the same time, he was happy for his former teammates.
“I knew the talent that was on this team,” Powe said. “Six Pro Bowlers, that speaks for itself. So nothing they're doing surprises me.”
However, the call he got from the Chiefs a few weeks ago — when he says they brought him in for a workout — kind of did.
Powe said he also had workouts for the Dolphins, Colts and Vikings, but it was the Chiefs who ultimately signed him, as they brought him in Monday to replace recently-signed defensive tackle Kyle Love.
“Of course, you'd like to go back to a team you just left,” Powe said.
It remains to be seen what kind of role he could have Sunday, provided he plays. Love played a handful of snaps in the Chiefs' goal line defense during his short stint with the team, and so did the player Love was originally signed to replace, defensive tackle Anthony Toribio.
“Jerrell is a pure nose guard,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We have had some guys in here that I think are good football players, probably more three-techniques than that pure nose. And then he gives you the flexibility to give Dontari (Poe), in a base look, a blow, kinda give him a rest.”
Reid said that general manager John Dorsey thought the latter was important, and it's a bonus that Powe — who went through training camp with the Chiefs — already has a strong familiarity with the team and could be an asset as the Chiefs prepare to face a run-oriented Washington team on Sunday.
“He's somebody the coaches feel comfortable with,” Reid said. “It gives you somebody that can play in that base unit, and that base unit is going to play a little bit this week. That run game is the best in the National Football League. So they're gonna be on the field quite a bit.”
On Friday, only four days after he re-signed with the Chiefs, Powe said his first few practices back have gone well, though he still wasn't sure whether he'd see the field Sunday.
“You could never be in the shape of a person who has been doing it for 12 weeks,” Powe said. “But can I come in and be able to take some plays? I definitely feel like I could. I've been working out so I know I'm in shape. I'm ready to go.”