Darrin Reaves will try to make the Chiefs roster this season as a reserve running back, but it's unlikely he would get many touches even if he makes the team. Keep an eye on his role in training camp, but he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues. For his career, Reaves has 32 carries for 77 yards and five catches for 31 yards, all in 2014 with the Panthers.
Reaves (sports hernia) was waived by the Chiefs with an injury settlement, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. Reaves had a strong showing in training camp last season but was eventually released in early September before spending the majority of the 2016 campaign on the team's practice squad. While he signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs for the upcoming season, a sports hernia has brought his availability for training camp into question, so the Chiefs are opting to waive him with a settlement, which allows them to check out some other options in the backfield. Reaves has played in a total of just six regular-season games, all of which came in 2014 with the Panthers.
Reaves underwent offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. It's unclear how Reaves suffered his sports hernia, but it isn't expected to keep him out come training camp. He faces a long shot to the roster in 2017, as he'll compete with Spencer Ware, C.J. Spiller and Charcandrick West for carries.
Reaves signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on Monday, Terez A. Paylor of the team's official site reports. Reaves has been in the league for three years but hasn't appeared in a game since his rookie campaign when he was with the Panthers. Instead, he's been a regular member of the Chiefs' practice squad the past two seasons. He looks to have an easier path to the active roster this time around though as Knile Davis is an unrestricted free agent and Jamaal Charles (knee) is coming off a season in which he required two separate surgeries to each of his knees.
Reaves will likely get the start at running back for the Chiefs during Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. Reaves is expected to play a big role Thursday with Jamaal Charles (knee), Charcandrick West (elbow), and Spencer Ware likely sidelined. Knile Davis would be the only other option in the backfield during the exhibition contest, while Reaves battles for a roster spot in a crowded backfield dealing with a couple of injuries.
Reaves saw the field before Knile Davis on Saturday against the Bears, possibly suggesting he's got a shot at making the 53-man roster. Reaves' main contributions would still likely come on special teams but injuries to other backs on the roster could thrust him into some action on Sundays if he indeed cracks the roster.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|3||09/24||@Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||7||14.88|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|3 Year Avg||11||26||0||2||10||0||3|