Chiefs add three new faces to practice squad

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs shuffled their practice squad, signing three new members to the developmental team while releasing two recent additions and filling to the spot vacated by running back Akeem Hunt, who earned promotion to the active roster before Sunday’s win over Philadelphia.

Running back George Atkinson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad Sept. 19, 2017. He spent last season with the Cleveland Browns. (Photo courtesy Browns PR, ClevelandBrowns.com)

Joining the practice squad:

RB George Atkinson: The 6-foot, 1-inch, 220-pound former Notre Dame back played all 16 games for the Cleveland Browns a year, mostly on special teams. He played 227 snaps on special teams. He also rushed seven times for 24 yards and a touchdown in 22 offensive snaps. Atkinson originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and spent two seasons bouncing on and off the Raiders practice squad and active roster. The Browns claimed Atkinson off waivers in September 2016. The Raiders re-acquired Atkinson on waivers in July, and released him during the final cut down to 53 players.

Atkinson earned honorable mention All-American honors from Sports Illustrated as a kick returner at Notre Dame. He also joined the Fighting Irish track team, clocking a career-best 10.36 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2012 Big East Championships.

DB Keith Reaser: The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back played 29 games for the San Francisco 49ers the past seasons. He recorded 30 tackles with two forced fumbles and five passes broken up as a reserve. Last season he played 353 defensive snaps and 148 snaps on special teams.

The 49ers selected Reaser from Florida Atlantic in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. The team released the 26-year-old defensive back Sept. 16.

DT Daniel Ross: The undrafted rookie free agent spent training camp and the preseason with Houston before the team released him during the final cut down opening the season. He spent a brief stint earlier this month with the Detroit Lions practice squad.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 310-pound Ross took a path with many detours to the NFL. Lightly recruited out of high school, Ross attend Northeast Mississippi Community College before entering the Canadian Football League. He spent parts of the 2014-15 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos practice squad. He played one game last seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The team released defensive back Taurean Nixon and former Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Rickey Hatley from the practice squad.

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.

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