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Chiefs’ rookie Chamarri Conner was a bright spot in loss to Bills

Against Buffalo, Kansas City’s fourth-round rookie defensive back took advantage of his opportunities.

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The Kansas City Chiefs say they are ready to move past Sunday’s bitter 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. But there was one bright spot in the game: the versatility of the Chiefs’ rookie defensive back Chamarri Conner. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo liked being able to put him in the game alongside outside cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie.

“Anytime we’re able to put him in there and keep those two guys outside is good for us,” Spagnuolo said of Conner, whom Kansas City selected in the fourth round of April’s draft. “We don’t always do it, because we like to get the other guys out there, too. But having versatility in any group — especially in the secondary — is big.”

In the second quarter of last Sunday’s game, Conner recorded his first NFL interception, which helped change the game’s momentum after Kansas City went down 14-0.

“It was a crazy moment,” recalled the former Virginia Tech defensive back on Thursday. “It was hard to keep [my] composure, but it was a great moment. I was just happy to make a play for the team — happy to make a play [to] get the game turned around.”

Conner has been splitting his time between defense and special teams — where he has been a core contributor. But special teams coordinator Dave Toub is anticipating that soon, the defensive back will be seeing more time on defense.

“He’s a good football player,” Toub shared with reporters on Thursday. “He’s going to get more and more [time] on defense.”

But even if he is coming into the game because the unit has lost someone to injury, Conner says that he is always ready for the next play.

“No matter what, you’re always one play away,” he noted, “so you’ve got to stay prepared. You’ve got to stay ready to go in… You never know what might happen.”

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