Chiefs’ injuries in the secondary force a wide receiver to practice at safety

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Injuries are piling up in the Chiefs’ secondary, forcing them to get creative.

Kansas City had wide receiver Marcus Kemp practicing at safety on Wednesday, filling in while safeties Eric Berry and Eric Murray were out of practice with injuries, after safety Armani Watts had already been placed on injured reserve. The Chiefs have been wanting to upgrade at safety this season and were reportedly in talks to make a trade with the Seahawks for Earl Thomas before Thomas suffered a season-ending injury.

Kemp played safety in high school, but he’s been only a wide receiver in college and the NFL. Expecting him to line up against Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday night would be a tall order.

The 23-year-old Kemp, who has played in all five games this season as a reserve, has made two tackles on special teams this season. But the Chiefs would prefer not to depend on him to tackle Rob Gronkowski on Sunday.

16 responses to “Chiefs’ injuries in the secondary force a wide receiver to practice at safety

  1. billzbubb
    Oct 11, 2018, 10:07 AM MDT

    Two weeks ago they could have signed Reid.
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    This isn’t Madden. Not all safeties are “fits” for the scheme. The Chiefs do not use in-the-box safeties. Eric Reid isn’t versatile enough to play all the safety positions.

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    “The Chiefs have been wanting to upgrade at safety this season and were reportedly in talks to make a trade with the Seahawks for Earl Thomas before Thomas suffered a season-ending injury.”
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    It’s perplexing that the Chiefs didn’t get that deal done. Since it was only a one year rental the price could not have been too high. Sometimes you have to overpay.
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  3. tylawspick6 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    And people are picking the Chiefs.

    If you don’t think NE is going to want to prove people wrong, you people have another thing coming.

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    NE could care less about proving anything. They just focus on preparing for the next opponent, then playing the next opponent. Rinse and repeat. Whatever gets proven that way gets proven but they don’t worry about it.

    Reporter: “Bill, does it feel like you’re playing for the top seed in the AFC…”

    Belichick: “It feels like we’re playing Kansas City.”

    Reporter: “Does it feel like…”

    Belichick” “It feels like we’re playing Kansas City.”

  4. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Edelman did this one year. Maybe he could ask for pointers Sunday night?
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    Believe you are thinking of Troy Brown on that one….. not sure Edelman has done anything but be a QB a few instances

  5. Both Troy Brown and Julian Edelman have seen snaps in games at corner (not safety) due to injuries. Brown even intercepted Drew Bledsoe while Drew was the Bills QB.

  6. “Edelman did this one year. Maybe he could ask for pointers Sunday night?”

    And Troy Brown who one year played receiver, corner and special teams for the Pats. And in fact had 3 INTs including one from his old buddy Drew Bledsoe.

  7. billzbubb says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    Two weeks ago they could have signed Reid.

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    You take a guy thats getting paid a lot for past performance but as of late struggling with the level quickness he needs to play safety, His team looks at converting him to LB then he gets cut when that doesn’t pan out. He still views himself as an elite safety that teams will all get in a bidding war over so he hits the market looking for a max contract. Teams dont start immeduately jumping at that max price tag so after only waiting just over a week he joins in a lawsuit against the league claiming its racism and blackballing. From there the lawyers and media play the storyline however they want but he in the meantime comes to understand his correct value so he is willing to accept a much lower but fair price for a rotation guy, which is what needed to happen for him to become a good football decision. This does get him signed. Life goes on.

  8. Edelman played some snaps at corner in the 2011 season. He injured LT on his first snap. Also made an open field tackle near the goal line on Vince Young. He also forced a fumble as a corner in the AFC Championship game that year against the Ravens. I don’t think it’s ever been a secret that the squirrel is a football player.

  9. Patriotwayrules, i hope you hold your breath waiting for the excuses. Injuries are a part of the game, win or lose you won’t hear excuses from us.

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