Chiefs sign fan favorite wide receivers for practice team.
After wide receiver Daurice Fountain was relinquished by the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday October 13th, he has found his way back to defending the AFC. Fountain was reassigned to the Chiefs’ training roster and was viewed as training on Thursday, October 14th Matt Derrick from Chiefs Digest.
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After a noticeable preseason in which he caught 10 passes for 118 yards, Fountain worked his way into the 53-man roster of Chiefs at the start of the regular season. He was inactive for all five regular season games until his release, and with the Chiefs having seven receivers on the list, it made sense to reduce that position, which led to Fountain’s departure.
Nonetheless, after his release, Fountain took Twitter and asked Kansas City – or any team, for that matter – to give him an opportunity, presumably a chance, to play in a meaningful NFL game.
“I just need one opportunity,” wrote Fountain.
Chiefs Kingdom will be happy to hear that Fountain’s request was worth it, and he will remain a Chief for the time being, at least. Fountain could add himself to another team’s active list if he wanted to. However, Kansas City could also protect him now that he is on the training team, which would prevent any team from maneuvering for Fountain.
With six receivers on the active list – Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Josh Gordon, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Marcus Kemp – Fountain has a chance to be promoted to the 53-strong list and, more importantly, for a . to be active game are very slim. But if he stays on a team with a coaching staff who knows his talents, he has a better chance of influencing game day if injuries plague the Kansas City reception room.
Ahead of the Kansas City preseason final against the Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy spoke about all of the right things Fountain did over the summer to be productive for the Chiefs and eventually find his way into the active squad.
“Daurice (Fountain) is one of those kids who doesn’t want to take anything for granted,” said Bieniemy. “Daurice just wants to know what he can do better? The biggest thing Coach Joe Bleymaier, I, and Coach Reid have talked to him about is making sure he can refine three little aspects of his game every day.
“The boy works hard and is also a smart player. And then of course you saw the fruits of his labor, because what he has done in practice shows up on the day of the match and we see it anew every day. And that’s because he has invested in himself and in this playbook. And when he gets the chance to go upstairs and do this game, he just goes upstairs and does it. The kid is a great kid. I’m proud of what he’s done so far and we’ll just keep evaluating him. “
The reasons that led to Bieniemy praising Fountain are likely some of the same reasons the third-year Wideout is now back in Chiefs uniform just a day after the waiver.