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Kansas City adds eight players to practice squad, including WR Gehrig Dieter

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Kansas City finished its 2017 preseason schedule last week with a 30-6 win over the Tennessee Titans, and over the weekend it finalized its 53-man roster for the upcoming regular season. 

Despite not earning a roster spot, the Chiefs signed eight players to its practice squad – including undrafted rookie wide receiver Gehrig Dieter. He’s developed a friendship with quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and played well during the preseason, turning in four catches for 58 yards. 

Before getting signed, Dieter was marquee weapon at Bowling Green State University and an all-around team player at the University of Alabama for one season (2016). Hailing from South Bend, Ind., he served as a receiver, blocker and showed off consistent hands on special teams. 

Dieter led the Chiefs in receiving – three catches, 42 yards – in its matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, regardless of a 26-13 loss. Head coach Andy Reid tends to work well with focused, hard-nosed players, and Dieter could be something special in Kansas City for years to come.

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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