The Kansas City Chiefs are stocking up on wide receivers ahead of the start of the playoffs.
Ahead of Week 15, the Kansas City Chiefs own the top seed in the AFC. Most of the credit can be given to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his bevy of weapons in the passing game. That is why many pundits and fans have gone on to say that the Chiefs are the overwhelming favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 55 this February. For those wondering if it was even possible for the Chiefs offense to add more weapons, the answer is yes.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are expected to sign former Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to their practice squad. Sharpe was waived by the Vikings earlier this week.
Merry Christmas, Patrick. You’re getting another receiver!
Sharpe joins the Super Bowl favorites
Back in March, the Vikings signed Sharpe to a one-year contract in hopes that he could be a complementary receiver on the team. However, Sharpe was sparingly used, only playing in a total of three games. In fact, Sharpe was targeted three times, but failed to record a single reception in Minnesota’s games against the Green Bay Packers (Sept. 13), Carolina Panthers (Nov. 29) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Dec. 13).
Prior to his stint with the Vikings, Sharpe was a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2016. In his three full seasons with the team, Sharpe recorded 92 receptions for 1,167 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Chiefs are making the wise move to bring another receiver to their facility just in case one were to go down with an injury in the final three weeks of the regular-season or in the playoffs. Sure, they have pass-catching options in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson, but why not add one more to the mix?
Sharpe is a contingency plan for the Chiefs. If the offense remains healthy for the remainder of the season, then you won’t see much of him in Kansas City.