With Eric Berry not at camp yet and Daniel Sorensen dealing with an injury on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs are getting plenty of looks at their safeties, including converted rookie corner Eric Murray.
A Chiefs scout once said that Murray was the toughest player at Minnesota, his college team. That’s starting to show up in St. Joe, including this hit on Rod Streater:
This Eric Murray hit on Rod Streater is the difference between padded practices and non-padded practices. pic.twitter.com/LDS5efnVrh— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 1, 2016
“In college he was a physically tough player,” Chiefs DC Bob Sutton said, “he’s aggressive basing that both on what we’ve seen and what we saw in college. He was physical in college so I think the physical part will be the least of our concern with him in there.”
The Chiefs play with plenty of defensive backs. They had six out there to start Tuesday’s practice. That means someone like Murray, who played corner in college, could be a valuable cover man.
“Like I’ve said before one of the advantages if he can make that transition then he gives you a really good cover man inside, and that’s huge in our league,” Sutton said. “You get spread out a lot, empties and tight ends that move out of the core so to have a corner that is a safety could be a huge advantage for us.”
The Chiefs have Jamell Fleming playing safety along with a little bit of Marcus Cooper, another corner. It worked out for Ron Parker so the Chiefs are hoping they have something here in the corner-turned-safety game.