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Savage has shot at making KC roster

By Mike Baldwin Published: May 6, 2008
It appears Oklahoma State running back Dantrell Savage will get an opportunity to make an NFL roster.

The Chiefs liked what they saw from Savage in a workout over the weekend in Kansas City. Savage wasn't offered a free-agent contract but is expected to sign later this month when he returns for the Chiefs' off-season program.

"You saw on film that he's very talented, but once we got him on the field it was quite obvious he has a lot of talent,” said Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. "He did a really nice job in our camp.”

Gailey, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach who spent the past six seasons as Georgia Tech's head coach, said the Chiefs put Savage through an extensive workout.

"He's one of those tweener backs,” Gailey said. "He's not a big back. He's not a thumper. He's a smaller, quicker guy, but he has good speed.

"But is he the kind of guy we can take to camp? We'll just have to see where that takes us on whether he's part of this organization. But it was obvious he's a very talented young man.”

For Savage to make the Chiefs' roster, he probably will need to win the kick return job. The favorite is rookie wide receiver Kevin Robinson, a sixth-round pick out of Utah State, who was selected primarily for his return skills.

"If (Savage) makes the team, no doubt, a lot will depend on whether he can help us in the return game,” Gailey said. "That will go a long way in determining his status.

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