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Ben Levine on March 27, 2024, at 9:32 p.m. CST
The Chiefs are searching for more offensive firepower and are getting inventive in the process. Rugby talent Louis Rees-Zammit is expected to sign with the team, according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report.

The 23-year-old pleased the Chiefs’ staff during his workout earlier this week. Rees-Zammit garnered interest from throughout the NFL, according to Schultz, as the rugby wing also paid visits to the Jets, Browns, and Broncos. Rees-Zammit has already declared his intention to leave Gloucester Rugby in order to pursue a career as an NFL International Player Pathway Program participant.

Rees-Zammit will be used in a hybrid wide receiver/running back role at Kansas City. The six-foot-three player will also play in the return game, and according to Schultz, the new revisions to the NFL’s kickoff rules may make Rees-Zammit a “significant” acquisition. The NFL is hopeful that the new regulation, which only allows the kicker and returner to move until the ball touches the ground, will lessen high-speed collisions.

During his pro day last week, Rees-Zammit recorded a 40-yard sprint timing of 4.43 seconds. According to Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report, he also set records for a 29-inch vertical leap and a 9’7″ broad jump. The youngster could earn a position on the roster in Kansas City’s indeterminate depth chart since he has the physical attributes to contribute in both the receiving and running game.

The Chiefs added Marquise Brown to a group that already included holdovers like Rashee Rice, Justin Watson, Skyy Moore, and Kadarius Toney in an attempt to partially address their wide receiver problems. Since Jerick McKinnon hasn’t been re-signed by the team, Rees-Zammit may have an easier time getting playing time at the running back position. Behind Isiah Pacheco, that creates a third-down spot where Rees-Zammit may face off against players like La’Mical Perine, Deneric Prince, and Keaontay Ingram.

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