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Insider Blog: Chiefs Add Three Just Before OTAs

Posted May 17, 2010

Three new faces (one being a local college player) will join the Chiefs for Monday's OTA

With the ability to add up to six players to the OTA roster, the Chiefs made trifecta of moves on Monday morning to push their roster total to 85 players. All three moves were ones of addition and each involves undrafted rookies.

Kansas City was awarded a waiver claim placed on TE Leroy Banks (Atlanta) and signed of two rookie free agents – DB Andre Jones (Arkon) and DL Jeffrey Fitzgerald (Kansas State). Banks was also an undrafted free agent (Southern Miss), originally signing with the Falcons shortly after the draft concluded in April.

Both Jones and Fitzgerald took part in the Chiefs rookie mini-camp two weeks ago on a tryout basis. They represent the second and third players signed from that weekend’s workouts that originally entered the camp without contracts (WR David Grimes was the first of the tryout players to sign on May 4th).

With the Chiefs roster now sitting at 85 players, Kansas City still has the ability to add up to three more players so long as each of the seven 2010 draft picks remain unsigned and S Jarrad Page not sign his tender. Those eight players do not count against the NFL’s roster maximum of 80 players since they are not currently under contract. The Chiefs will begin this morning’s OTA with 77 players under contract.

Quick hitters on each of the new signees, courtesy the public relations department…

Banks (6-3, 243) played in 23 games in two seasons at Southern Mississippi, catching 34 passes for 462 yards (13.6 avg.) with four TDs. He began his collegiate career at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he recorded 62 receptions for 1,098 yards (17.7 avg.) with six TDs. He prepped at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Fitzgerald (6-4, 280) played in 12 games at Kansas State in 2009, recording 40 tackles (24 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks (-67.0 yards), one INT, seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He played in 25 games in two seasons at Virginia, tallying 137 tackles (72 solo), 24.0 tackles for loss, 12.0 sacks (-64.0 yards), four INTs, seven PDs, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He prepped at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia.

Jones (5-11, 180) played in 47 games (41 starts) at Akron, working at both defensive back and wide receiver. The Washington, D.C. native compiled 183 tackles (119 solo), 4.5 stops for loss, a sack (-7.0 yards), four INTs, 10 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also posted 80 receptions for 1,231 yards with 11 TDs, in addition to 36 punt returns for 348 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 586 yards with a TD. Jones was an all-state selection as a senior at Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland.

Each of the newest Chiefs are expected to practice this morning.

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