Chiefs Hometown UDFA Setting Fans Up For Disappointment

Phillip Brooks played at Lee's Summit West High School before starring for the Kansas State Wildcats
Phillip Brooks played at Lee's Summit West High School before starring for the Kansas State Wildcats / Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kansas State Wildcats star WR Phillip Brooks landed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent and is quickly becoming a fan-favorite after a strong performance in Kansas City's rookie minicamp.

He's had some memorable quotes as well, discussing how grateful he is for this opportunity and the possibility of fulfilling a lifelong dream. However, Brooks faces an uphill battle in making the roster. He never accumulated more than 600 receiving yards in a season as a Wildcat and at only 5'7", 167 LBs, he lacks prototypical size for the position.

Brooks is an incredible story that Kansas Citians should root for, though it appears highly unlikely he winds up on the 53-man roster.

Former Kansas State WR Phillip Brooks Faces Uphill Battle to Make Chiefs Roster

With Rashee Rice, Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown, Xavier Worthy, Justin Watson, Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney locked in for the roster, there just isn't much space for Brooks, especially factoring in guys like Montrell Washington and Nikko Remigio who would presumably be ahead in the pecking order.

That being said, there could be space for Brooks on the practice squad. He's got value in the return game as well and we all know how much sway Dave Toub has on roster decisions.

Brooks was an All-Big 12 honorable mention as both a wide receiver and return man, and his versatility makes him an attractive depth piece. If I were a betting man, I'd guess he ultimately does not make the roster. Even still, I'm rooting hard for him as a local kid trying to carve out a role on the two-time defending Super Bowl champions.

He starred at Lee's Summit West before going to Kansas State and now he's trying to complete a local trifecta of sorts. I'm rooting for Brooks and here's hoping he can keep turning heads throughout the rest of offseason training.

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