The news maker in the Kansas City Chiefs secondary during yesterday’s OTA was rookie Eric Berry moving into the starting lineup for the first time. But besides Berry and fellow rookie Kendrick Lewis, the Chiefs have added depth to a position that suffered mightily in 2009 with players already on the roster.
Second year player Donald Washington was drafted as a cornerback, but has been getting reps at safety. According to Todd Haley it’s where he will continue to spend his time.
“We’ve got him working at safety now, yes.”
While not getting as much time at safety, another guy that could be counted on to add depth to both secondary positions is Maurice Leggett.
“Leggett’s another one with a bunch of versatility,” Haley said.
“He’s one of those guys that can do a little bit but at the same time, you don’t want to disrupt players and have them spend all their time at one spot and then, ‘oh by the way, we’re going to move you over there.’ It’s all part of the process but right now, Maurice is working at corner which I think he has a real good chance to have success at.”
Making any assumptions about a roster in May is a difficult game to play, but the Chiefs are staring at the potential to turn safety from their weakest position to one of their strongest.
If Eric Berry can step in and have an immediate impact, Romeo Crennel would only need to get constant contributions from a group consisting of Lewis, Washington, Reshard Langford, DaJuan Morgan and possibly Leggett. That’s without even touching on incumbent starter Jon McGraw, a guy that to me is better served as a special teams player but has a big fan in Haley.