On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns RB Elijah McGuire to their practice squad.
The 25-year-old running back spent his first two professional seasons with the Jets after New York drafted him in the sixth round (No. 188 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. McGuire posted 591 rushing yards, 370 receiving yards, and six total touchdowns in 24 games (five starts) with the organization.
McGuire began his 2018 season on the injured reserve list with a foot injury before returning for the team’s final eight games. Despite his dual-threat ability, the 5’10,” 214-pound back spent many of his early days buried on the depth chart. McGuire was a part of the Jets’ final roster cuts in late August, just ahead of the 2019 regular season.
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The Cleveland Browns went on to add McGuire to their practice squad a few days later. On September 16, they elevated the third-year running back to the active roster for a Monday Night Football game against his former team, the New York Jets. He was re-assigned to the practice squad later that week and was eventually released on October 22.
McGuire was a record-breaker at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, setting the school record for all-purpose yardage (5,968). Over his final three years with the Ragin Cajuns, McGuire put together three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He went on to finish his four-year collegiate career with the second-most carries (711) and rushing yards (4,312) in school history.
Prior to entering the NFL Draft, McGuire was also selected to participate in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game, which he took home Offensive MVP honors after scoring the games only touchdown.
Two former Chiefs sign with new teams
This week a couple of familiar faces have joined on with new NFL teams. On Monday, former Chiefs TE Ross Travis was signed to the Indianapolis Colts roster. The 26-year-old tight end will take the place of TE Eric Ebron who was recently placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Travis was originally signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent back in 2015. He was waived by Kansas City in November 2017 and claimed by the Colts a day later. Travis has been with Indianapolis since then, but missed the entire 2018 season on the injured reserve list.
Another former Kansas City Chiefs player switched uniforms on Tuesday as well. According to Arrowhead Addict, CB KeiVarae Russell was signed to the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad. The 26-year-old cover man was selected by the Chiefs with the 74th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, however, he never saw the field in a Chiefs uniform. The team waived their third-round pick on September 14, 2016 before he was promptly claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals. He would spend the next three seasons bouncing between their active roster and practice squad before being cut loose prior to the 2019 regular season.
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