Chiefs safety Eric Berry will be working out in Kansas City until July 10th, before taking some time off before training camp. The rookie sees the extra time as working towards getting faster, as he told GoVolsXtra that knowledge equals speed at this level.
“When I first got out there, it was pretty fast just because you’ve got vets,” said Berry, who was selected with the fifth pick in the NFL draft in April. “They know where they’re going. There’s nothing they haven’t seen before on a football field. Once they see it, they’re gone. It’s automatic. That’s why the game is so much faster.”
Berry expects the game to get even faster when the Chiefs don full pads, then play a game this fall.
Berry said the Chiefs’ defense is much like the Chief’s – former UT defensive coordinator John Chavis.
“A lot of the plays, a lot of the techniques we use, he had a lot of those same ones,” Berry said. “I think that helped me out a whole lot.”
Between running a similar defense under Chavis and the pro-style coaching of his coordinator last season — Monte Kiffin — Berry should look more like a veteran than rookie when training camp kicks off next month.
It’s rare that you come to expect a rookie to run a defense — about as rare as a safety being taken in the first five picks of the NFL Draft — but the early returns sure seem to indicate that this could be Berry’s defense sooner rather than later.