The Kansas City Chiefs opened Training Camp on Friday July 28th. That same day they made two minor moves, one of which included trading a former Pro-Bowl linebacker.

The Chiefs sent linebacker D.J. Alexander to the Seattle Seahawks for linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.

Alexander spent two years with the Chiefs having an extremely minimal role on defense. The linebacker made just seven combined tackles, although he did force a fumble.

Where Alexander made his money was on Special Teams. He is one of the best in the league at the third facet of football, earning a Pro Bowl spot in 2016. However with a special teams coach like Dave Toub, it’s possible any linebacker could’ve earned that distinction.

That was the though process behind the trade for the Chiefs in landing Pierre-Louis. The former Seahawk has appeared in 34 games, making a combined 32 tackles with one pass defended and one fumble recovery.

His stats aren’t impressive, but Kansas City is hoping he can be a rotational piece on defense rather than just another special-teamer. Although Toub surely wouldn’t mind having another Pro Bowler from his unit in 2017.

Aside from trading Alexander, the Chiefs also made a move in their receiving corps, signing Antwan Goodley.

Goodley has bounced around the NFL after signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Seahawks and Packers, although he has never taken an NFL snap.

In college, Goodley spent four years at Baylor, appearing in 47 games. He caught 150 passes for 2,366 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Goodley stands 5’10” and runs a 4.4 40, giving him solid height and great speed at the NFL level. He was described as play making receiver who struggled with his hands at times. He was compared to Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse and was given a Round Four draft grade, although he went undrafted.

Goodley will look to latch on with the Chiefs and their underwhelming receiving core. If he impresses in training camp, there’s a chance he finally gets his break at the NFL level.

Kevin Pierre-Louis and Antwan Goodley won’t impress many, but with the Chiefs adding them this early into training camp, they will both get an opportunity to prove they belong.

 

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