According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Terez Paylor, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out running backs Darius Victor and Ray Lawry on Monday.
UPDATE (2:09 p.m. Arrowhead Time): The Chiefs have signed Lawry.
Chiefs are signing RB Ray Lawry, per sources
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 13, 2018
Ray Lawry began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent.
Lawry, 22, spent his college career at Old Dominion, where he gained almost 4,100 yards on the ground and scored 45 rushing touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound Lawry spent some time with the Cincinnati Bengals before being waived a few days ago.
The Chiefs also worked out Darius Victor, a 5-foot-8, 209-pound product of Towson University in Maryland. He had over 3,300 yards and 41 TDs as a rusher in his college career, in which he averaged 5.2 yards a carry.
He declared for the 2017 NFL Draft but was not picked. He received camp invites from the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints, but ultimately signed with the Saints. Saints fans found him intriguing during the preseason — giving him the nickname “Ironman Jr.” — but New Orleans waived him just before the season started.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Victor to their practice squad last November and waived him in May.
What does it mean?
Charcandrick West is still limited, Damien Williams was out of practice on Monday, and Spencer Ware is still not officially cleared for contact. If the Chiefs were set to play a regular-season game today, two of those current Chiefs — if not all three — might be likely to suit up and play.
But for now, they’re not practicing. The Chiefs might just be eyeing running backs in case some of their current guys don’t make it to the final roster. Or it could be as simple as the Chiefs wanting to have some more running backs available in order to fill out preseason special teams drills; Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub has said he suspects speed will be important in kickoff coverage.
Author: John Dixon