For a while during the preseason, it looked like running back Darrin Reaves just might make the team.
Reaves, who spent last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad, seemed to vault ahead of Knile Davis on the depth chart, earning reps ahead of him in the Chiefs’ third preseason game against Chicago. Reaves also made a strong case for a spot, leading the team in carries (39) and rushing yards (144) during the preseason while adding two touchdowns.
But alas, it was not meant to be, as Davis ended up making the team while Reaves was released when the Chiefs trimmed their roster from 75 players to 53 on Saturday.
“That’s always the goal, but sometimes things happen and God’s plan is a little different,” said Reaves, who cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad Sunday. “It still landed me here, in a way, in a position to still help the team.”
Defensive end David King, who had an impressive preseason before his release by the Chiefs over the weekend, thought he’d be claimed by another team.
“I thought I had good tape,” said King, who also landed on the practice squad. “You just never know in the business. I’m just thankful I still have an opportunity here.
“As a competitor and athlete, you wanted it to be you (on the 53-man roster). But it’s just not my time right now.”
King said he felt like the Chiefs had eight interior linemen who could have made the team. The Chiefs kept six, with King and Jimmy Staten among those who were released.
King said the Seattle Seahawks, who had him on their active roster for part of 2015, wanted him to join their practice squad, but he opted to stay in Kansas City.
“Seattle said they would have me back, but I was just like, ‘I’m already here and my stuff is here, and I feel like I’d have a better opportunity here,’ ” King said.
The practice squad does not provide the same pay or benefits as a 53-man roster spot, but it does provide players with an opportunity to practice with a team and position themselves to be the next man up in the event of an injury. The Chiefs have had a number of practice-squad players contribute in recent years, including running backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.
Hill simply sought a sleeker number
Chiefs rookie receiver Tyreek Hill laughed when asked why he changed his jersey number from 81 to 10 over the weekend.
“I just felt like 81 was too big for me, so I just wanted to change,” said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hill. “I’m just not an 80 guy. No offense to anyone.”
Skill players like Hill have gravitated to numbers in the teens or lower in recent years due to a recent NFL rule change, largely because — as Hill mentioned — the numbers look a bit sleeker.
▪ Also inside linebacker Sam Barrington is wearing No. 94. Barrington, who was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers over the weekend, orginally took No. 53 but surrendered that number back to Ramik Wilson when the latter cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad.
Running back Jamaal Charles (knee) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) were limited in practice today. Cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee) and running back Charcandrick West (elbow) were full participants.
For the Chargers, guard D.J. Fluker (ankle) was a full participant.