Shocking Chief Named Frontrunner for Starting Specialist Job

Dave Toub revealed that Nikko Remigio is the team's No. 1 kick returner following minicamp
Dave Toub revealed that Nikko Remigio is the team's No. 1 kick returner following minicamp / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Second-year WR Nikko Remigio is making a strong impression on the Chiefs' coaching staff so far this summer, emerging as a legitimate weapon at both wide receiver and on special teams throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

He's making an excellent case for a spot on the 53-man roster and special teams coordinator Dave Toub revealed on Tuesday that Remigio is in the driver's seat to earn the starting kick return job.

Considering previous reports that rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit was in line to be the returner, this development is great news for Remigio's chances entering training camp.

Dave Toub Reveals WR Nikko Remigio is No. 1 Kick Returner

When asked by Starcade Media about Remigio's outlook for a roster spot, Toub said, "He's probably our number one kick returner right now. I'd put him in that category, so he's got a real good shot in my book to make this team."

Remigio earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors as a punt returner in 2022 though has plenty of experience as a kick returner as well. He had 41 career kick returns in college between California and Fresno State, averaging 25.1 yards per return with a TD.

He took full advantage of some receivers' absences at optional OTAs, though Kansas City's crowded wideout room means Remigio still has work to do to solidify his place on the team.

"He's doing everything he can as a wide receiver," Toub continued. "He probably has to be a fifth or sixth receiver to be able to be on the 53. He's at least going to be on the practice squad, I guarantee you that."

Toub pointed out that Remigio will battle Mecole Hardman for that final spot, an interesting comment given Kadarius Toney's uncertain role. Training camp is still over a month away but I can't wait to see how Remigio looks with heightened expectations.

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