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Kansas City Chiefs sign Nick Williams off Steelers' practice squad

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Williams becomes the second Steelers' practice squad defensive lineman to get signed this month. Josh Mauro was signed by the Arizona Cardinals earlier.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have been rebuilding their defensive line under head coach Andy Reid - an effort to complement the freakish edge-rushers they already have in place.

It would appear now they're going to find a spot for Steelers' 2013 seventh-round pick Nick Williams, a member of the Steelers' practice squad.

Williams, an excellent athlete who was thought to be something of a project for the team, will join the Chiefs' active roster immediately. He also becomes the second Steelers defensive lineman taken off their practice squad in the last three weeks. Arizona claimed 2014 undrafted free agent DE Josh Mauro earlier in November.

The Steelers had a deep developmental squad going for it in 2014, something we highlighted frequently this off-season. The fact multiple players are being taken elsewhere both confirms that and eliminates it. Williams and Mauro were both players we figured could get onto the field in 2015, but if they are now, it will have to be because they wanted out of Kansas City and Arizona, respectively.