Players spent last Saturday (NFL cut day) in different ways.
Tight end Demetrius Harris said he chose to spend part of it where he feels most comfortable — the basketball court — from 1 p.m. to the 3 p.m. roster deadline.
“I didn’t want to think about it,” said Harris, who said he was at the gym from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Just took my mind off of everything.”
Harris, a 6-foot-7 basketball player turned tight end whose athleticism intrigues the Chiefs, had a pair of drops in the 34-14 loss to the Packers on Aug. 25, but he made the Chiefs’ 53-man roster anyway.
Harris, who spent all of last season on the practice squad after his college hoops career at Wisconsin-Milwaukee came to a close, isn’t dwelling on the Green Bay game.
Harris said he simply has to do a better job of looking the ball in, and is looking forward to getting back on the field Sunday in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans — in a new jersey number, 84, to boot.
“I had to get out of (number) 47,” Harris said with laugh. “I’m big on numbers. Now I look like a tight end or receiver. It fits me.”
A handful of Chiefs have changed or received new uniform numbers. Running back Joe McKnight is switching from No. 30 to No. 22. Fullbck Jordan Campbell is switching from No. 38 to No. 30.
A few new players have received their numbers, as well. Safety Kurt Coleman will wear No. 27, while defensive lineman Damion Square will wear No. 98. Linebacker Jerry Franklin will wear No. 59 while defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo will wear No. 94.