The Kansas City Chiefs got to hit a different jersey on Tuesday when the Arizona Cardinals joined them for a practice in St. Joseph ahead of their preseason game Friday night at Arrowhead. The Cardinals were fresh off their game against the New Orleans Saints in Ohio over the weekend and saved themselves a lot of travel time by stopping in Missouri.
Both teams were happy with their time on the field together and were able to avoid injuries and fisticuffs. Beyond getting out of the practice unscathed, the highlight of the day could have been the recovering Eric Berry going one-on-one with the NFL’s best receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.
“I just wanted to go out and just get a taste against one of the best,’’ Berry said. “You want to see where you’re at with one of the best. I thrive off competition. I love a challenge. Why not go out there (against Fitzgerald)? He’s one of the best players in the league.’’
The Cardinals receiver had equally complimentary things to say about the Chiefs safety.
“I didn’t know he was that athletic,” Fitzgerald said about Berry. “It was the first time I’ve gotten to play against him and he’s an impressive specimen. You’ve got a free safety, strong safety, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback – he can play any position he wants to with that athleticism.”
Even though it isn’t likely to be one-on-one, we should get to see the two match up again Friday night, when Berry sees his first game action since blowing out his knee the first week of last season against the Buffalo Bills. Berry will a part of the Chiefs defensive backfield that will attempt to keep Fitzgerald under wraps.