Chiefs Roster Move Signals Winner of Key Position Battle

Matt Araiza is now the lone punter on the Chiefs' roster
Matt Araiza is now the lone punter on the Chiefs' roster / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs officially released punter Ryan Rehkow on Thursday, clearing the way for the team to sign DT Alex Gubner out of Montana.

Rehkow's release leaves Matt Araiza as the only punter on the roster, seemingly giving the "Punt God" the starting job after minicamp. He's been out of the league for two years but was considered one of the best punter prospects in collegiate history.

Thus far, Araiza seems to be delivering on that promise.

Chiefs News: KC Releases Punter Ryan Rehkow

Rehkow is an undrafted free agent from BYU, while Araiza was originally drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The latter was released following sexual assault allegations, though signed with the Chiefs after charges against him were dropped.

Araiza averaged 51.1 yards per punt in college at San Diego State and has big shoes to fill following Tommy Townsend's departure in free agency. While it's possible the Chiefs bring in another punter before training camp to give Araiza competition, it certainly appears that he's won the job.

That was in a preseason game but still showcases Araiza's power and ability. Brett Veach and the Chiefs may have stumbled onto a true special teams weapon, capable of flipping the field in an instant following a stalled drive.

With Kansas City seeking a three-peat, every little advantage matters. If Araiza gets back to his college form, the Chiefs may have added one of the best punters alive. It's not surprising the team cut Rehkow, though it shows their clear intentions regarding their new apparent starter.

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