Friday, May 11, 2012

Chiefs Sign DE Ropati Pitoitua - Kansas City News

Kansas City has been busy this offseason, recently signing a bevy of undrafted free agents after the 2012 NFL draft. The Chiefs have continued to make some moves to boost the team’s depth before camp, particularly addressing the defensive line.

Kansas City recently signed former Jets defensive end Ropati Pitoitua in an effort to boost its depth on an underachieving defensive line. Pitoitua has played in 22 games over the past two seasons for New York and should add some competition to the DE position currently manned by Tyson Jackson.

While it is no secret that Jackson has failed to live up to his lofty draft selection, Pitoitua hardly seems like a candidate who could take his starting spot. Still, Pitoitua has seen some significant playing time on one of the best defenses in the league, and with his young age, it is entirely possible he could improve significantly. The Chiefs addressed the NT position in the draft, but it must find more productivity out of the DE spot. This is another sign that Kansas City views this as a make-or-break season for Jackson.

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