When Jarrod Pughsley found out he was being signed to the Chiefs’ 53-man roster earlier this week, his first phone call was to his mother, Jennifer.
“I’m a mama’s boy,” said Pughsley, who was promoted from the Chiefs’ practice squad.
But that didn’t keep him from playing a funny prank on her, as he initially told her his practice-squad contract had been taken away … before revealing it was because he’d been promoted to the active roster.
“I don’t think she was too happy about it,” Pughsley said with a laugh. “I won’t be making jokes like that anymore.”
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The Chiefs signed Pughsley, 24, to the Chiefs’ practice squad in November 2014. The former undrafted free agent from Akron stuck with the team through training camp — even earning some coveted first-team reps — before he was cut at the 53-man roster deadline.
After Pughsley cleared waivers, the Chiefs quickly signed him to the practice squad and continued to develop him.
Practice-squad players are eligible to sign with any NFL team, provided they are signed to the 53-man roster — that’s how the Chiefs lost David Irving, another young player they liked, to the Dallas Cowboys in September — and the Chiefs prevented that from happening when they signed Pughsley on Tuesday.
This marks the first time Pughsley has ever made an NFL active roster during the regular season. He is expected to provide some depth at tackle and guard, which will be needed, especially if tackle Donald Stephenson is needed to step in at left guard again for starter Jeff Allen, who is dealing with an ankle injury.
“He’s steadily improved throughout camp and now, during the season, we feel he can come in and add to the depth there for us,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Pughsley.
Pughsley, who has been practicing more at guard this year, said he doesn’t have a positional preference and is ready and willing to play both.
“I was really excited” by the call, Pughsley said. “I was taken aback by it. … It’s a blessing how everything comes full circle.”