Kansas City Chiefs LB Cory Greenwood was active for all 17 games this season serving as a star on special teams for Todd Haley. But the undrafted Canadian product only locked down his roster spot after his performance against the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.
During the first two pre-season games, Greenwood did not see the field much. But when he finally got an opportunity, he did not let it go to waste.
“During our last pre-season game against Green Bay I almost blocked a punt,” he said. “Then on the same play I swung around, ran down the field and ear-holed the snapper for the Packers and sprung the returner for another 25 yards.
“I think plays like those turned heads and got people saying, ‘Who’s this guy?’ And turned me from an unknown to a known and showed people I could play at this level.”
The thing I like about Greenwood — other than his play on special teams — is his attitude. Even after beating the odds and sticking on the roster all season, he continues to acknowledge the holes in his game. Greenwood knows he will need to contribute on defense as well as special teams to stick around in the NFL.
We’ve all seen kids get a shot in the league and then expect things to be handed to them the way they were in college. Of the countless fringe roster players that will be with the Chiefs in preseason (whenever that ends up being), count on seeing Greenwood continue to cut through the clutter.