Chiefs sign RB LaVance Taylor

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Chiefs on Thursday evening announced the signing of running back LaVance Taylor.

(Credit: UCM athletics)
(Credit: UCM athletics)

The 5-11, 195-pound Taylor, a native of Raytown, Mo., played collegiately at Central Missouri where he rushed for 1,918 yards and 15 touchdowns on 245 carries during his senior season in 2014.

Taylor added 427 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 38 catches and 273 kickoff yards, averaging 218.17 yards per game to lead Division-II football in 2014.

On his college career, Taylor rushed for 3,941 yards, gained 6,231 all-purpose yards and totaled 44 touchdowns.

Taylor recently spent time in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Redblacks.

The move fills the final available roster spot, which opened following the release of running back Cyrus Gray on Wednesday.

The signing also brings the team’s roster back to 90 players ahead of Saturday’s first full training camp practice.

The Chiefs currently have five running backs on the roster: Taylor, Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Charcandrick West and Keshawn Hill.

[NOTE: Post is corrected to remove De’Anthony Thomas from the final sentence. The Chiefs through OTAs and mandatory minicamp designated Thomas as a running back/wide receiver on rosters distributed to media, and listed him with the running backs despite Thomas working solely with the wide receivers. The Chiefs officially removed the running back designation as reflected on the latest offseason roster distributed to media at training camp and now list Thomas solely as a wide receiver.] 


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