The Kansas City Chiefs had their 10th OTA today at Arrowhead and the defense once again stole the show. Two of the most maligned positions of the defense last season — linebacker and safety — were sporting much different looks, according to Bob Gretz.
Fifth-round draft choice Kendrick Lewis was running with the No. 1 offense, replacing Jon McGraw and working next to fellow rookie Eric Berry. Again, it’s too early in the process to say there was anything definitive in the move and whether it was a reward or just a coaching shuffle of the roster. Lewis looked very much at home back there with Berry and grabbed an INT and knocked down another pass.
Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher continued to run with the first-team defense.
I’m right there with Gretz in not assuming too much from a practice in June, but things do not look good for Jarrad Page in Kansas City. No matter when he decides to sign his tender, he will already have three guys (Berry, McGraw and Lewis) that have received significant reps with the first team under new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. We know (assume?) that Berry isn’t going anywhere and Haley clearly has a soft spot for McGraw. Add in an impressive start to Lewis’ Chiefs career and Page might not have to worry long about getting a ticket out of Kansas City.
The longer that Johnson and Belcher run with the first unit makes me think we could see a lot of those two by the time training camp rolls around.