The Kansas City Chiefs have added another new face to their practice squad.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Chiefs had hosted former Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints DT Devaroe Lawrence for a visit.
On Monday, Howard Balzer confirmed the signing of the 6’2,” 295-pound defensive tackle via Twitter. The team released newly-added practice squad TE Alize Mack in a corresponding move.
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On Saturday, Chiefs had visit with DT Devaroe Lawrence and signed him to the practice squad.
— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) December 2, 2019
More on Lawrence’s playing history
The 27-year-old defensive tackle was most recently released by the Browns on November 27. Lawrence spent the better part of the past two seasons in Cleveland after they traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Saints just prior to the 2018 regular season. Ironically enough, New Orleans used that pick (No. 231 overall) to select TE Alize Mack, who was on the unfortunate end of today’s transaction by the Chiefs.
Before his release, Lawrence was having his best season to date, appearing in the Browns’ first 11 games and earning starts in the last two. His 2019 stat sheet includes eight total tackles, one fumble recovery, one pass deflection, and one interception which he recorded in Week 4 off of MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson.
The #Browns have waived DT Devaroe Lawrence.
Lawrence appeared in all 11 games, starting in two of them. He recorded eight tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in that time.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) November 26, 2019
He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Saints following the 2017 NFL Draft. Lawrence never appeared in a regular season game for New Orleans after being placed on the non-football injury list that August.
Lawrence receives high honor from Browns teammates
As Arrowhead Addict also noted, Lawrence won the support of his Browns teammates this preseason when they selected him as the player they would most want on their side in a street fight in a team survey.
“Have you not seen Devaroe?” asked Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi. “Devaroe will hold it down. If I’m with Devaroe and we’re in a back alley, I’m scared for the people in the back alley.”
Cleveland LB Christian Kirksey also offered his own backing of Lawrence.
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