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Bob Sutton won’t rule out Orlando Scandrick competing for starting role

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Sutton mentioned Scandrick’s intelligence and position flexibility.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs-Training Camp Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton spoke to the media Wednesday, marking the first time since the team signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick is working as the Chiefs’ third cornerback this week with Steve Nelson still in the concussion protocol, and Sutton said he wouldn’t rule out Scandrick competing for a starting job.

“Right now we are working him at corner and trying to get him settled on that first,” Sutton said. “He’s played a lot inside over his career. Right now, the focus is outside.”

Scandrick enters the Chiefs locker room at the age of 31. Only two Chiefs—punter Dustin Colquitt and Chad Henne—are older than Scandrick, who spent nine years with the Cowboys.

“He’s a veteran guy that we’ve seen on film a lot over the years, watching other opponents play Dallas,” Sutton said. “He’s a very savvy guy, understands the game very well, very smart, very intelligent, and obviously has had some flexibility position-wise, playing both inside and outside. That is always a bonus for us. Just in the short period that he’s been here, I think he’s done a good job and I am looking forward to seeing what he will do out there this weekend.”

The Chiefs play the Chicago Bears in their third preseason game on Saturday at Noon.

In Sutton’s eyes, so far, so good.

“He’s done a nice job,” Sutton added. “It’s always hard when you’re coming in. I don’t think there’s anything that during his career he probably hasn’t played from a schematic standpoint.

“He’s really just learning the terminology and some of the adjustments that vary team to team, but he’s been in a lot of different systems over his career and I think it’s just a matter of him catching up where he feels comfortable doing it.”