The Chiefs invited 10 players to tryout at this weekend’s minicamp, including two veteran free agents and several other players with previous NFL experience.
Of the tryout players, the most notable include former University of Missouri TE Martin Rucker and four-year NFL veteran LB Leon Williams. Both Rucker and Williams were selected as fourth-round picks by Cleveland when Romeo Crennel served as the Browns head coach.
Rucker was drafted 111th overall in 2008 and Williams was selected 110th overall out of Miami (FL) in 2006.
Specific to Rucker, the Chiefs are still in the market to add a veteran tight end. Depth at linebacker also remains a team need.
Chiefs Rookie Minicamp Tryout Players
TE Martin Rucker (6-6, 255) – Last played for the Jaguars in 2011 and became a free agent in March after receiving no minimum tender from the Jaguars. He began last season on Dallas’ practice squad and has played in 12 career games for the Browns, Cowboys and Jaguars.
Rucker left the University in Missouri in 2008 as the school’s all-time receptions leader. His 203 catches were the most ever by a Big 12 tight end and he also ranked eighth among receivers in Big 12 history with 2,175 career receiving yards.
He’s a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, the summer training camp home of the Chiefs.
LB Leon Williams (6-4, 237) – The 28-year old veteran owns 57 games of NFL experience with the Cowboys and Browns after entering the NFL as a fourth-round selection with Cleveland in 2006.
Williams’ best season came in 2007 when he started nine games for the Browns and finished the year as Cleveland’s fourth-leading tackler with 85 stops. He also finished second on the team with 4.0 sacks.
Williams last played for the Cowboys in 2010, appearing in 11 games as a reserve. He was out of football last season after becoming an unrestricted free agent when the NFL lockout lifted, but previously worked out with the Chiefs in October.
OL Jacob Phillips (6-6, 297) – Has been out of football for two seasons after being one Seattle’s final training camp cuts in 2010. He originally joined the Seahawks undrafted out of Belhaven, an NAIA program in Mississippi. Phillips weighed just 200 pounds when he went to college before he became a 300-pound tackle prospect.
LS Clint Mower (6-3, 215) – Spent time with the Rams in 2010 and 2011 after signing with St. Louis as an undrafted rookie out of Utah, but has yet to appear in any preseason games. A former walk-on at Utah, Mower eventually earned a scholarship handling both short and long snapping duties.
QB David LeGree (6-5, 230) – Will handle all the snaps this weekend as the only quarterback at minicamp. LeGree transferred to Hampton from Syracuse in 2009 and threw for 1,636 yards with 10 TDs last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in October.
The Chiefs have said they’d like to bring four quarterbacks to training camp and LeGree will receive plenty of opportunities to secure a job this weekend.
WR/LS James Winchester (6-3, 200) – The Chiefs are officially listing Winchester as a wide receiver for minicamp, but he only played the position on the scout team at Oklahoma. Winchester’s primary position for the Sooners came as the team’s deep snapper, where he snapped for punts in all 13 games last season.
DB Dominique Ellis (5-11, 195) – Became the starting free safety at South Carolina State following the departure of Rafael Bush, who was most recently on the Broncos roster. A transfer from NC State, Ellis recorded 65 tackles last season and picked off three passes last season.
K Jason Cunningham (6-1, 180) – Left Montana State as the school’s all-time scoring leader and was a two-time All-America selection. Cunningham connected on 69 field goals and scored 359 points over his four years at Montana State, including three field goals from 55 yards last season.
LS Tom DeTemple (6-2, 232) – Served as the long snapper at Cincinnati as a junior and senior, playing in 26 games and recording four special teams tackles. Recorded no errant snaps in 2010 or 2011 and helped UC finish 19th in the country in punting average last season with an average snap time of 0.75 seconds.
P Paul Hershey (6-3, 198) – His 4,757 career punting yards rank among the top-10 in Ohio University history. Hershey also set a school record with an 80-yard punt last year at New Mexico State. Finished last season with a 40.7-yard punting average, including 25 punts landing inside the 20-yard line.