Chiefs Grant Wide Receiver His Release

The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off an explosive 44-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and they have every reason to be confident in their league-best offense. They're so sure of themselves that they're even willing to part with some depth at wide receiver. The team will apparently grant wide receiver Daurice Fountain's request for release from the practice squad so he can pursue opportunities with other teams. Fountain was buried on a wide receiver depth chart that includes Mecole Hardman, Juju Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and second-round rookie Skyy Moore, not to mention All-Pro tight end and target hog Travis Kelce. Fountain hasn't so much as seen a pass in his direction this year. The Chiefs can afford to part with him.

The Chiefs made a concerted effort to improve their depth at wide receiver this offseason after the departure of superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill, adding Smith-Schuster, Valdes-Scantling, and Moore. It seems to have worked: the trio have combined for 963 yards on 98 targets, and the team ranks first in scoring through seven weeks. 

Fountain joined the Chiefs in 2021 following three years with the Indianapolis Colts. He entered the league as the Colts' 159th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and has spent most of his career as a backup and practice squad player.  
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