The Kansas City Chiefs worked out three veteran cornerbacks on Tuesday.
Chiefs recently tried out Ellis Lankster, Johnny Patrick and DeMarcus Van Dyke— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 2, 2014
Van Dyke will be the familiar name here since he's already spent some time on the roster, albeit not during the regular season. The team signed the former Raiders third-rounder in January but he failed to make the final roster. He's also spent some time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lankster is interesting because he's smaller than the typical corners brought in by the Chiefs. Listed at 5'9 or 5'10, depending on what source you trust, Lankster has hung around the NFL since he was drafted in the seventh round in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Lankster's link to the Chiefs comes via Bob Sutton's defensive connections with the New York Jets. Lankster has been with New York since 2011 before getting released (and re-signed and re-released) earlier this year. He was special teams gunner and earned significant defensive snaps in 2012. Good experience for a tryout player, but if he can't stick with the team with the worst secondary in the NFL, then...
The same can be said of Johnny Patrick, who failed to stick with the Jets this year as well. That said he was the third round choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and comes with solid experience, even in the AFC West. Patrick spent two years in NoLa before playing in 58 percent of all defensive snaps for the San Diego Chargers last year.