Chiefs to Re-Sign Special Teams Ace, Release Veteran Receiver: Report

Marcus Kemp Chiefs

(Getty) WR Marcus Kemp first signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Now slated for an AFC Divisional matchup against the resurgent Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly planning to bring in some reinforcements.

According to Chiefs Digest beat writer Matt Derrick on Monday, Kansas City is expected to re-sign WR Marcus Kemp to the practice squad.

With the defending Super Bowl champions are at maximum capacity on its 16-man practice squad roster, the team will likely need to release at least one practice squader or shuffle some things around if another player is placed on injured reserve headed into the first playoff matchup.

ESPN’s Field Yates is also reporting on Monday afternoon that it will be fellow WR Gehrig Dieter who will be the odd man out.

Dieter was joined on the team’s practice squad by a trio of young wideouts — Maurice Ffrench, Jody Fortson and Tajae Sharpe, who was signed in the days following Kemp’s departure.

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Marcus Kemp Bounced Around in 2020

If this news sounds familiar, you’re not making it up in your head. The 25-year-old receiver has bounced back and forth on the Chiefs roster for much of the 2020 season.

Following a hard-fought Week 14 victory in Miami, Kemp landed on the Dolphins practice squad after the Chiefs released him on December 15. However, with his contract expiring on Monday morning for the 10-6 playoff-less Dolphins, the once undrafted free agent is free to sign elsewhere.

After originally making the 53-man roster out of training camp before being first waived in September, here is every move involving the fourth-year wideout in 2020, per the team’s official website:

  • October 8: DeAndre Washington (RB) activated from Practice Squad; Marcus Kemp (WR) signed to the Practice Squad.
  • October 24: Danny Isidora (G) and Marcus Kemp (WR) activated from Practice Squad.
  • October 31: Danny Isidora (G) and Marcus Kemp (WR) activated from Practice Squad to Active Roster.
  • November 28: Marcus Kemp (WR) activated from Practice Squad.
  • December 15: Marcus Kemp (WR) waived.

Kemp Adds Special Teams Prowess, Familiarity on Offense

Prior to his release, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder had worked his way into a significant special teams role for the AFC West champions, registering 163 snaps for Dave Toub’s unit in 10 appearances this season.

As Arrowhead Pride notes, Kemp was still “in for 37% of the team’s total special teams snaps” despite not suiting up for six games in 2020.

His presence has been less evident on the offensive side of the ball, hauling in a single pass for an 11-yard gain during a Week 7 blowout win in Denver, more than doubling his career totals. After a bevy of midseason injuries and absences for Kansas City’s receiving corps, the unit is now in pretty good standing and health. Even so, Andy Reid and company may still elect to call up Kemp for Sunday’s game upon making the signing official.

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Chris Licata is an NFL contributor covering the Kansas City Chiefs from enemy territory in Denver, Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Licata or join the Heavy on Chiefs Facebook community for the latest out of Chiefs Kingdom!


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