St. Joseph, Mo. – Faced with a depleting arsenal of backfield blockers, the Chiefs signed former South Carolina fullback Patrick DiMarco on Thursday.
DiMarco joins the Chiefs following a brief training camp stint with the Chargers in 2011. Signed as an undrafted free agent, DiMarco was released by San Diego after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot on the third day of training camp last year.
A fullback and tight end at South Carolina, DiMarco played in 52 career games for the Gamecocks. An active blocker and pass-catcher, DiMarco caught 38 passes for 302 yards (7.9 avg.) with six touchdowns. He also gained 34 yards on 11 rushing attempts (3.1 avg.).
He's also the nephew of PGA Tour golfer Chris DiMarco.
Kansas City practiced on Thursday with no healthy fullbacks after
“We’re going to rest him a little bit and then he’ll be back on the field,” Crennel said of Bannon’s status. “We are moving on. We’ve got basically a three-day work week here. We’re going to work Thursday, Friday, Saturday – which is Family Fun Day – and then they’ll have Sunday off so that we can get into that seven-day routine.”
The Chiefs originally planned to enter training camp with two fullbacks, but rookie Taylor Gentry was waived on Monday after failing a physical.
DiMarco must go through a three-day acclimation period before he is eligible to practice, meaning he won’t be available for team drills until Monday, August 6th. Kansas City’s roster is now at its full 90-man training camp allotment.