The Kansas City Chiefs worked out three wide receivers Tuesday, according to a report from Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com, including one player who gave them a bit of an assist during their week one win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The three receivers in question are J.J. Jones, Austin Proehl and Deontez Alexander, all of whom were with NFL teams over the offseason and preseason. Jones, whom the Chiefs faced in Week 1, was the only one of the three to make a 53-man roster.
Jones (5-10, 173, 4.35) is an undrafted rookie out of West Georgia who made the Los Angeles Chargers roster after an impressive showing as a return man in the preseason. He played in three games with the Chargers this season and made five returns for 24 yards but fumbled twice, including one against the Chiefs that set up a touchdown. Jones was waived by the Chargers last week when the team signed kicker Michael Badgley.
Proehl (5-10, 175, 4.41) is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl, who had 8,878 yards and 54 touchdowns in 17 pro seasons. In four seasons at the University of North Carolina, Proehl caught 91 passes for 1,265 yards and five touchdowns along with six punt returns for 77 yards. Proehl joined the NFL in May as an undrafted signing of the Buffalo Bills, who waived him during 53-man roster cuts on September 1. He then had a brief stay on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans, who cut him after one day.
Alexander (6-1, 196, 4.3) was a standout at Division III Franklin College in Indiana, where he caught 50 passes for 1,137 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017 as a senior and 64 passes for 996 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He was an undrafted signing in May of the Detroit Lions, who waived him in August with an injured designation then later waived him from injured reserve.
The Chiefs are down one at the receiver position on the 53-man roster due to the loss of De’Anthony Thomas, who was placed on injured reserve last week after suffering a leg fracture during practice. The injury caused the Chiefs to go into Sunday’s game against New England with Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson, and Marcus Kemp on the roster at wide receiver, with cornerback Tremon Smith filling Thomas’s void on kick returns. With injuries at other positions that required the Chiefs to add depth, no move was made at receiver, even though the Chiefs are carrying two on the practice squad in Gehrig Dieter and Josh Crockett.
If the Chiefs were to add a sixth receiver to the roster, Dieter or Crockett would seemingly be more likely candidates than Jones, Proehl, or Alexander, if the Chiefs were working out the latter three with the intent on possibly adding one to the team. It’s possible the Chiefs could add a practice squad receiver if Dieter or Crockett were elevated to the 53-man roster, plus there’s currently an open spot on the practice squad, although that could wind up being filled by safety Leon McQuay, who was waived from the active roster Tuesday. The Chiefs according to Balzer also worked out veteran offensive lineman Jeff Allen Tuesday, who wound up being signed to the 53-man roster.