Chiefs juggle roster after rookie minicamp

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs signed six players from their rookie minicamp held over the weekend, while also cutting ties with two undrafted free agents and five veterans.

Tight end Emanuel Byrd takes part in drills during the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp at the team's training complex on May 8, 2017. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

Tight end Emanuel Byrd takes part in drills during the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp at the team’s training complex on May 8, 2017. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

The signings from the rookie minicamp include:

  • DL Ricky Ali’fua,6-2, 297 pounds, Utah State
  • TE Emanuel Byrd, 6-2, 239 pounds, Marshall
  • CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, 6-3, 213 pounds, Nebraska
  • P Will Monday, 6-4, 212 pounds, Duke
  • RB Devine Redding, 5-8, 201 pounds, Indiana
  • WR Jamari Staples, 6-3, 195 pounds, Louisville

Jean-Baptiste, a 2014 second-round pick by New Orleans, was among a handful of veterans participating in the minicamp vying for a roster spot. He played four games for the Saints as rookie, and spent the 2016 season on Seattle’s injured reserve list.

Monday signed as an undrafted free agent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team cut the punter during training camp.

The team placed wide receiver Anas Hasic from West Florida and tight end Wyatt Houston from Utah State on waivers. The pair were are among 12 undrafted college free agents the team signed last week before minicamp.

Running back Kelvin Taylor and defensive lineman Cory Johnson, also placed on waivers, were among five second-year roster players attending the minicamp.

Kanas City acquired Taylor, a former Florida running back and son of former Pro Bowl running back Fred Taylor, off waivers from Seattle last week.

Johnson joined the Chiefs practice squad last December and signed to the offseason roster in January.

Other waiver wire moves included cornerback Vernon Harris, full back Will Ratelle.

Harris, an undrafted free agent last year from Dartmouth, spend the 2016 season on injured reserve. Ratelle, a 2016 undrafted free agent from North Dakota, signed with the Chiefs in January.

The Chiefs placed running back Darrin Reaves on waivers Monday, according to the NFL transaction report. The team reached an injury settlement with Reaves.

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