While the rest of the NFL began making moves at the start of the week, the Kansas City Chiefs had to do more work in house. Creating salary cap space has been important. And on Friday, they joined the fray by making a couple of minor signings.
Each of these moves provide solid depth, where Kansas City had pressing needs. These two players may not be seen as household names. However, general manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid love to bring in guys that can compete right away. Adding bodies for training camp at these areas will be essential, no matter the popularity of the players. Now, let’s take a deeper dive and give a brief look about both of these signings, Mike Remmers and Antonio Hamilton.
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Mike Remmers, an eight year NFL veteran, has been around the block. A former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State, Remmers was signed by the Denver Broncos to begin his career. Remmers provided quality depth and versatility early on. He has actually continued to do that throughout his career. But, he bounced from practice squad to practice squad, before finally finding his footing with the Carolina Panthers in 2014.
During part of his tenure in Carolina, Remmers was significant in protecting Cam Newton during the quarterback’s MVP season in 2015. The Panthers enjoyed a 15-1 campaign, rushing for over 100 yards in every game. Eventually, they would lose Super Bowl 50 to Denver.
After a fine stint there, Remmers joined the Minnesota Vikings. He started 27 games in two years there. Unfortunately, he had to undergo back surgery after 2018 and the Vikings used that to release him. Thereafter, Remmers found a home with the New York Giants for 2019. Despite some frustrating moments individually and as a team last season, Remmers was reliable. He would log 14 games started.
The exact contract details are not yet known. It does look to be a one year deal for Remmers with the Chiefs. Overall, this lineman has played the majority of his career at right tackle. He has had some success at guard, though, and has played every spot except for center.
He may not seem to be at the top of the Chiefs depth chart right now, when looking at the roster. Nonetheless, Remmers provides that veteran experience and versatility. Offensive lineman can always have a good chance to find the field with Coach Reid. In his past, he has always gone with his “five best” offensive linemen. If a sudden, quick change is needed to the lineup, Reid won’t hesitate to throw Remmers into the mix.
Antonio Hamilton may be a fairly unknown player to Chiefs fans. He is a cornerback who has logged a few snaps on defense. Most of all, Hamilton has been a special teams ace in his short career. His greatest plays over the last couple of years have come on the punt coverage unit.
Perhaps, this special teams prowess should not have come as a surprise. While attending South Carolina State, Hamilton averaged roughly 25 yards per kickoff return with 818 yards total and two touchdowns. To boot, he averaged a healthy 21.5 yards per punt return with two touchdowns.
The bottom line is, the Chiefs are getting a damn good athlete in this addition. Hamilton logged a 40 yard dash of 4.38 seconds, a 39.5 inch vertical jump and an 11 foot broad jump at his South Carolina State pro day.
He spent a couple of years with the Raiders, after they had signed him as an undrafted free agent. The Giants picked him up in 2018 as a waiver claim. His snaps increased in New York. Last season, Hamilton graded out in the 80s at special teams.
Obviously, Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub should enjoy Hamilton. He flies down the field to make tackles and wreak havoc. His natural athleticism will be a welcome addition to the Chiefs as a whole. Add in his size at 6’1” and 190 pounds, and this gives Hamilton an opportunity to prove himself at cornerback. He graded out positively with increased snaps at cornerback in last year’s regular season finale. But if that cannot materialize, the Chiefs coaching staff should still be able to find a defined home for him.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.