The Chiefs’ Saalim Hakim, activated from the practice squad earlier this week, is a little bit of everything. He’s played wide receiver and safety. And if he’s active for Sunday’s game at Denver, he likely would see action on special teams.
“I play football,” Hakim said. “I love football and I play everything. I’ll play any position they want me to because of my love of football.”
Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub sees versatility.
“He has a lot of speed,” Toub said. “He played a little bit of gunner last year for the Jets. He can help us there. He played a little bit of return in some preseason games, so we’ll look at him in all of those spots.”
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Hakim essentially traded roster spots with Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., who moved to the practice squad. In three games this season, Hammond recorded a tackle but didn’t catch a pass.
Hakim likely will join the depth chart as a cornerback.
“I’m going to figure that out, because I’m new to that, really,” said Hakim, who as an undrafted free agent out of Palomar College, a community college in San Diego. He’s the younger brother of former NFL wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim and appeared in 19 games with the Jets in 2013 and 2014.