Daurice Fountain has impressed all throughout Kansas City Chiefs training camp and in the preseason, but will he make the team?
Daurice Fountain, who was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, has been working to find a new home with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fountain’s career has been a constant struggle. During his tenure with the Colts, he was all over the place and was released just months after being drafted and signed to the Colts practice squad.
From there, Fountain spent most his time on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster for one game during his rookie season. As Fountain missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing ankle surgery, it was clear that the future of his career faced some obstacles.
Luckily for him, in 2020, Fountain got the opportunity he needed and deserved.
Last season with the Colts, Fountain played in five games. He only caught two passes for 23 yards, which seems rather insignificant, but at least Fountain had something good to put on tape.
The Chiefs saw the Fountain’s potential and picked him up during this offseason.
Kansas City Chiefs: Can Daurice Fountain make Kansas City’s roster?
Fountain looked alright in training camp, but he really picked it up in the preseason. In just two preseason games, Fountain leads the team in all-purpose yards with 113.
However, Fountain’s play on the field has been far more impressive than the stats show. He’s been targeted nine times in the first two games and caught seven of those passes. That may not sound like anything special, but Fountain is just one among many receivers brought in this offseason fighting for playing time.
Fountain uses his 6-1, 206 pound frame to force separation and make big plays. He’s really made difficult catch after difficult catch, while leading the offense in the process. So far, Fountain has made the absolute most of his opportunity.
Now, with all that being said, will he make the team?
There is no doubt Fountain has been impressive but is it enough to push him over the edge? The Chiefs only typically carry five to six receivers on the active roster. Quickly running through the depth chart, here’s how I see the first five receivers shaking out:
- Tyreek Hill
- Mecole Hardman
- Byron Pringle
- Demarcus Robinson
- Cornell Powell
All those receivers are all but guaranteed a roster spot. Fountain’s future with the Kansas City Chiefs will be dependent on how many receivers make the squad. Now, it appears he’s fighting for the No. 6 spot with Marcus Kemp.
Unfortunately for Fountain, Kemp is a special teams extraordinaire, which might be the deciding factor in which receiver makes the team.
The third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings will also be crucial for both receivers. I personally believe Fountain will sneak onto the team as the No. 6 wide receiver and Kemp will go to the practice squad.
Either way it’s going to be a very fun position battle to watch moving forward!