Chiefs lose CB BoPete Keyes to Colts, DE Tim Ward to Jets on waivers – Chiefs Wire

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost a pair of players on waivers, including a preseason standout and former seventh-round draft pick.
According to the NFL’s official transaction report, CB BoPete Keyes and DE Tim Ward were both claimed on waivers. Ward was claimed by the New York Jets, who recently lost DE Carl Lawson for the season. Keyes was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts, who infamously have former Chiefs front-office executive Chris Ballard as their general manager.
Keyes was a former 2020 seventh-round draft pick, one that the Chiefs traded back into the draft to acquire. Early in his tenure in Kansas City, Keyes was placed on the NFI list with an orbital fracture. He ultimately had a late start on offseason work and development because of that. It set him back for the 2020 NFL season, a season where he started just one game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17. He showed some improvements on defense and special teams, yet still seemed to be behind the eight ball in Kansas City in 2021.
Ward was a former undrafted free agent from the 2019 NFL draft, playing collegiate ball at Old Dominion. He spent his first season red-shirting in Kansas City because of a knee injury. Last year, Ward started in that same Week 17 game that Keyes did, notching 5 tackles and one sack. During the preseason he continued his development, showing out with three sacks.
While these two players were claimed and the Chiefs will look to replace their presence on the 53-man roster, some other players managed to make it through waivers. Those players should have a shot at making it to the practice squad, including WR Cornell Powell, RB Derrick Gore, DB Devon Key and QB Shane Buechele.
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