With the preseason games now being wrapped up, and the Browns coming to town on Sunday, the Chiefs now have their 53 man roster filled out. Having to cut players can be hard, for a few reasons. They could have been very good during the preseason or camp but the team may not have enough room or money to keep them on the team. That was the case with running back Derrick Gore.
No, he is not related to Frank Gore, but he does run like him. During preseason play, Derrick Gore played better than any running back on the roster. However, the Chiefs already have their starting and backup running backs in place.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams occupy the first and second string spots but were injured during the preseason. As for the third spot, it is safe to say that Jerick McKinnon will fill in soon. Leaving really no room on the 53-man roster for another running back.
Chiefs sign Derrick Gore to Practice Squad
So what exactly is the practice squad? Well, when players do not make the 53-man roster (the players who dress for every game) some may get signed to the practice squad. The practice squad is just what it sounds like, a squad that just does practice. However, when they are called upon to be added due to an injury, they will be ready.
The running back position is one that tends to get injured a lot, meaning the guys on the practice squad can possibly get a chance. As of late, both Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams were injured at the same time, so it is safe to say Gore may have a shot.
While it won’t be now, it may be during the season. However, Gore showed he can play. In week three of the preseason, he led both teams in receiving yards with 80, as a running back. The game prior he led the Chiefs in rushing yards.
If Gore gets his chance, we may see something special. But then again, he did that in the preseason, and we should not overreact. However, it is good to know that Kansas City will be deep at the running back position.
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