Eric Berry Makes Debut As A Starter

The Kansas City Chiefs completed their fourth OTA this morning and while the attendance and players in the rehab zone stayed the same as last week, there was a change in the starting lineup according to Josh Looney.

For the first time during OTAs, a rookie began team drills with the first-team offense/defense.  The rookie pioneer was likely exactly who you’d think would conquer the rookie barrier first…Eric Berry replaced Reshard Langford as Kansas City’s first-team safety (alongside Jon McGraw) on Monday.

As he’s stated throughout OTAs, Haley continued to caution about reading too much into spring depth charts.

“I wouldn’t put too much stake at where guys are right now and that goes for everyone across the board,” Haley said.  “We are really in the feeling out process.  Some of it has to do with trying to get guys more reps and for others, it has to do with the reward of good weeks and bad weeks.  I think that we just want to put players in different positions and see how they respond.”

Haley can dress it up any way he wants, but Berry isn’t going anywhere.  Just like last offseason when he preached there was a competition at the quarterback position (along with every other spot) there are very few scenarios where Eric Berry is not a starting safety for the Chiefs on opening day.

With a large part of the defense’s progress hinging on how quickly Berry adjusts to the NFL game, it’s important that Haley and Romeo Crennel get him as many reps as possible…  even in May.

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