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Training camp position overview: Safety

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Last year safety was the Achilles heel of the defensive backfield, this year general manager Scott Pioli has brought in veteran safety Mike Brown to push both young safeties Bernard Pollard and Jarrod Page. If either player slips up this year they will be quickly replaced by Brown. The interesting battle will be for the back up safety spot, as the Chiefs are likely to only keep four safeties. Veteran special team ace Jon McGraw will be battling with last year’s third round pick DeJuan Morgan to earn that forth safety spot. All in all whether it be from player development of free agent pickups expect improvement from the safety position.

Bernard Pollard: Big time hitter who often gets fooled on bootlegs and play action passes. To keep his starting position Pollard will have to prove he can give up the occasional big hit to keep containment in the backfield. Pollard has the talent to be a all world strong safety, the rest of camp and pre season will be a mental game for Pollard.

Chances of making the team: 90%

Jarrod Page: If the NFL was a two hand touch league Page could already have a Pro Bowl under his belt. Page who is known for making dramatic late game plays has struggled to wrap up when he tackles thus far in his young career. With coach Haley preaching fundamentals in camp Page should tighten up his tackling if he does expect Page to flourish and have a career year.

Chances of making the team: 95%

Mike Brown: Former leader on some league leading Bears defenses, was a electric player with a nose for the end zone before injuries paused his career. Scott Pioli has faith that there is still some gas left in Mike Brown’s tank but if Brown proves that he is done and not able to bounce back from the injuries he could get the ax. Brown was a low risk high reward pick up expect him to make the team and possibly start but first he will have to prove he still has his legs.

Chances of making the team: 80%

Jon McGraw: Special team standout, will have to get beat as a special teams coverage man by DeJuan Morgan to lose his roster spot. That is unlikely to happen for one reason special teams coverage is about heart and determination not measurables and talent. McGraw is starting to get a little long in the tooth but expect him to make the team at least for one more season.

Chances of making the team: 70%

DeJuan Morgan: Second year player with a lot to prove, Morgan has battled in juries through out his young career. Morgan also has the extra burden of shedding the “Herm Guy” tag that may still be following him around. Bottom line for Morgan to make the team he will have to cause some turnovers in the pre season and stand out on special teams.

Chances of making the team: 45%

Rick Price: Rookie safety from Oklahoma State, Price is likely in camp as a extra body to take up reps with the third team. Nothing is impossible but Price is likely not going to make this team since the Chiefs have several established safeties already. Price’s best shot is to make some plays, get on tape and try to latch on with another team.

Chances of making the team: 15%


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