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Inside linebacker Tyrell Adams trying to make the most of opportunity with Chiefs

Former Seahawks linebacker Tyrell Adams (left) is now on the Chiefs’ practice squad
Former Seahawks linebacker Tyrell Adams (left) is now on the Chiefs’ practice squad File photo

When inside linebacker Tyrell Adams, an undrafted rookie out of West Georgia, was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 5 — the dreaded 53-man cut-down day across the league — he admits he was a little bummed out.

“But I understand the business now,” said Adams, who was signed to the Chiefs’ practice squad on Monday. “I was just looking for my next opportunity, which was here, so I’m trying to take advantage of it.”

Adams, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 228 pounds, said he had a workout with the Chiefs last Thursday.

“I guess I did pretty well,” he said with a laugh.

As a senior in 2014, Adams led West Georgia with 92 tackles (6 1/2 for loss) and also had eight pass breakups and 10 pass deflections.

He has experience in multiple defensive schemes, it appears.

“We switched every year,” said Adams, who was assigned No. 52. “My first year we ran a 4-3, my second year we ran a 3-5 and my last two we ran a 4-3 and 4-2.”

Adams is the only inside linebacker on the Chiefs’ practice squad.

The Chiefs currently have four true inside linebackers — Derrick Johnson, Josh Mauga and rookies Ramik Wilson and D.J. Alexander — on the 53-man roster, plus Frank Zombo, an outside linebacker who can play inside in a pinch.

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