KANSAS CITY — Former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Robert Wheelwright has found his new home after signing a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wheelwright spent the last thee-plus months as a free agent after being released by the New York Giants in May. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in April after some initial confusion over his “Carolina Panthers” Tweet that same night.
The Columbus, Ohio native joins fellow former Badger quarterback Joel Stave on the Kansas City roster after Stave was added to the Chiefs practice squad last November. Wheelwright finished his senior year with a career-high 448 yards on 34 receptions, though he only had one touchdown.
The NFL.com scouting report on Wheelwright wasn’t very promising heading into the NFL Draft. He was described as having a habit of making mental errors.
Summary: A bit of an underachiever. Wheelwright has all of the physical tools, but hasn’t quite lived up to his four-star status. Was a dependable receiver for the last two seasons for the Badgers. Doesn’t play as big as his size suggests. Will likely play the X in the NFL, despite playing the Z in Madison. Needs to get stronger, and develop more of a mean streak. Will get a camp invite, and could stick as a practice squad player for a year or two before getting a chance at a main roster.
KANSAS CITY — With his contract about to expire, current Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is reportedly a possible successor to Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Eliot Wolf was widely considered the best (perhaps only) candidate to eventually replace Thompson, 63, who has been very quiet about his future plans with the organization. He recently expressed displeasure with the Packers for denying him an interview with the Lions last season. This past Thursday he interviewed with the 49ers for their vacant GM position.
Dorsey has a long history with Green Bay, playing as a linebacker and special teams member from 1984-1989. His 35 special teams tackles in 1984 remains a team record. Upon leaving the field as a player, Dorsey took over as a college scout in 1991. He was promoted to Director of College Scouting in 1997. Dorsey then followed former head coach Mike Holmgren to the Seahawks from 1999-2000.
After returning to the Packers in 2000, Dorsey stayed with the team until they won a Super Bowl in 2011. He’s credited with some of the scouting efforts that brought in players like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Greg Jennings.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers were shorthanded in the backfield after injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Starks, so they’ve brought in Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs as part of a trade.
Sources confirmed to Terez A. Paylor that it is a done deal. According to Ian Rapoport, the Packers are giving up a late-round conditional draft pick for Davis.
It becomes a low-risk investment for Green Bay, with Davis’ most productive season coming in 2014 when he totaled 134 carries for 463 yards and six touchdowns. He’s had just one carry for negative two yards.
The Chiefs were likely willing to part ways with Davis mainly due to the condition of star running back Jamaal Charles, who’s easing his way back from an ACL tear. Davis was listed on their official team depth chart as fourth behind Charles, Charcandrick West, and Spencer Ware.