Considering he had one of the worst quarterbacks in the history of college football at Michigan (Denard Robinson), Junior Hemingway managed to get drafted. Granted it was in the seventh round, and would be the last pick former General Manager, Scott Pioli would make in the position, Hemingway had modest talent.
When Andy Reid arrived to save the franchise, he couldn’t believe how bare the cupboard was at the receiving position in Kansas City. At his disposal were leftovers, Dwayne Bowe and Hemingway.
Hemingway stuck to his work ethic and showed promise. Even with injuries and adjusting to a new offense, he had moments that made you believe he was destined for greater things on the football field.
However, it became apparent last season Hemingway, who always battled injuries, wasn’t going to be much of a factor in 2015. Still the Chiefs hung onto him in the off-season despite the fact he had virtually no chance to make the final 53-man roster.
With the emergence of Fred Williams and Frankie Hammond this summer, Hemingway was a victim of talent and numbers. When the Chiefs added Jeremy Maclin, re-signing Jason Avant and drafting Chris Conley, Hemingway had no chance to break the top seven. Not to mention injured receivers, Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas, who have yet to play much in three pre-season games.
Though Hemingway will likely get an audition or two with another NFL team, his time in Kansas City ends with as little fan fair as when he arrived four years ago.
Other Chiefs Roster Moves:
T Tavon Brooks (Kansas State) – Released
LB Justin March (Akron) – Injured Reserve
QB Tyler Bray (Tennessee) – Non-Football Injury List