KC Chiefs: Byron Pringle makes big push for final 53-man roster spot

Byron Pringle #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Byron Pringle #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

There’s one more preseason game remaining for the KC Chiefs, and Byron Pringle is making sure his presence is known as we inch closer toward the regular season.

Byron Pringle is a second year player out of Kansas State University. He first signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 season as an undrafted free agent. It was in that same year during the preseason when he went down with an apparent hamstring injury before being placed on the IR and sitting out the entire season.

Prior to Pringle’s IR designation last year, he was putting up good numbers and impressing the Chiefs coaching staff. He had 147 total yards on six receptions in four preseason games. He contributed on special teams with a tackle and also had a kick return for 47 yards.

This preseason has a story of opposite numbers on the stat sheet, but his talent on the field is unquestioned. He has flashed his abilities, but inconsistent quarterback play has put a damper on his numbers. Having been targeted nine times, Pringle has only been able to get to three of those passes while tallying 26 yards.

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Where we have been able to see Pringle show his abilities with the ball in his hands is on kickoff return and a lone touchdown carry out of the backfield. The K-State standout has had a chance to return the ball three times in which he has recorded a 50, 10, and 27 yard return.

To go along with solid returns, he was also able to show his ability to make a quick cut up field for a short six-yard touchdown carry. Every single play counts when you’re a fringe roster player like Pringle is this summer.

Pringle has looked the part for the Chiefs offense. Listed at 6’1” and 203 pounds, the guy is a speedy deep ball threat who ran a 4.46 40 yard dash coming out of college. With the speed needed to play alongside guys like Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, Pringle has shown what he is capable of.

This KC Chiefs roster is very crowded at the wide receiver position and with injuries coming along the way, Byron Pringle is stepping up to fill in the spot. With a whole season and preseason in 2018 to rehab and build his strength back, he has shown how far he has come since then and that he is ready to play with the league’s best.

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Don’t be surprised one bit to see Byron Pringle end up on the 53-man roster and also don’t be surprised to see him make some big plays throughout the course of the regular season.