KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Wednesday tweaked the 10-man practice squad with the signings of long snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver Corbin Louks.
The 6-4, 251-pound Hughlett played collegiately at Central Florida and has been with several NFL teams, most recently with the New England Patriots.
The 6-0, 200-pound Louks, who played quarterback at Utah and wide receiver at Nevada, spent time with the Seattle Seahawks.
The signing of Hughlett offers intrigues on the heels of rookie kicker Cairo Santos going 1-of-3 on field goal attempts in Week 15.
Santos’ performance prompted coach Andy Reid on Monday to address the functional areas of the team’s field goal unit, which consists of Santos, long snapper Thomas Gafford and punter Dustin Colquitt, who performs holding duties.
“You’ve got three factors there,” Reid said Monday. “You’ve got the snapper, who you’ve got to stay accurate with that and you’ve got to be consistent with it. You’ve got the holding phase of it. That’s who you’re asking to place it and do that accurately, and then you’ve got the kicker that’s got to work through a certain rhythm.
“As the snapper and the holder, you want to make sure you keep the kicker in rhythm and not allow that to be altered at all. And then that kicker knows that not everyone is going to be perfect and he’s got to still strike the ball if it gets off rhythm a bit.”
Reid said Wednesday the Chiefs are giving Hughlett a look.
“I’ll take a peek at him and see what he looks like,” Reid said. “We are always making sure we have enough competition at each position.”
The Chiefs waived tight end Adam Schiltz and placed wide receiver Armon Binns on practice squad/injured reserve with an undisclosed injury to make room for Hughlett and Louks.