Chiefs new secondary learning from unlikely source


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The abundance of talent on the Chief’s receiving corps is undeniably one of the biggest offensive bright spots heading into the season.
    “The Chiefs have a great tradition of bringing in guys who are about team,” wide receiver Chris Conley said. “And They all want to win, don’t get me wrong. We all want the ball. We all want to be able to influence a win, but at the same time if our brother gets the ball we’re all going to throw him a block and get him in the endzone.”
    But this new set of receivers is having an impact on the other side of the ball as well.
    “You know, sometimes you get Tyreek in there and you get speed,” said cornerback Kendall Fuller. “You get Chris in there where he’s good with his hands and real physical. Demarcus, he’s a little shiftier. You’re getting all those looks on the inside compared to seeing just one person every single day. I’m enjoying it.”
    That added challenge is helping grow a KC secondary that has dropped from the league’s 2nd best pass defense to 29th in yards allowed in just three years.
    Now the secondary is lining up against some of the league’s best in cap and using their knowledge to improve.
    “Cause I mean at the end of the day we’re competing against each other, but at the same time we’re on the same team trying to get each other ready for Sunday,” Fuller said. “If they get me, I’m going to go ask them a question. If I get a good rep on them and they have a question, I’ll tell them what I was doing and tell them what I was seeing. Things like that.”
    Fuller came to Kansas City from Washington in the Alex Smith trade. 
    He’ll join a new look secondary after seven of last year’s group were shown the door.
    He says the added challenge has had a big impact on his game.
    “One thing I learned when I came in: everyone has their strengths and everyone has their weaknesses,” Fuller said. “You get guys who excell at one thing, you pick their brain about that.”
    Now heading into the first preseason game worries continue to loom, especially after multiple secondary injuries including safety daniel sorenson who is expected to miss regular season time after upcoming knee surgery.
    Still, Head Coach Andy Reid is excited to see what the secondary can do in Arrowhead Thursday Night.
    “You’re looking when the juices get going how you handle that,” Reid said. “You’re in the stadium with the fans there. We’ve had a great turnout here, but it’s a little different with the lights on and it’s game time. It’s one more evaluation period that you have a chance to see these guys in.”
    “We just talk about every snap you have to go out there and compete, so really just go out there and compete,” Fuller said. 
    They will get plenty of opportunity to compete as another growing team as the Texas visit KC.

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