KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs effectively filled the holes in their secondary over the course of the 2022 NFL Draft, but the question of how the unit officially pans out will linger throughout the coming months.
However, there are two players in the cornerback room that have proven themselves capable of playing in the NFL: L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton. Both will be key when it comes to the unit’s overall success in 2022. The latter, Fenton, enjoyed the best year of his career while showing substantial growth in 2021. He’s probably the second-best corner on the team and will likely be the Chiefs’ No. 2 corner in 2022.
The Chiefs don’t have a ton of experience on their roster. The two players that do have experience -Lonnie Johnson and DeAndre Baker- have their own set of questions and right now, can’t be relied on as starters.
Meaning, the Chiefs really need Fenton in 2022.
That’s why Veach’s surprising comment regarding Fenton and Fenton’s shoulder issue was one of the more important comments of his Tuesday Zoom with reporters. Fenton dealt with a back issue last year, but apparently, he is currently rehabbing said shoulder issue.
“Fenton’s a guy that obviously we’re high on and we’re very confident in,” Veach told reporters. “He’s going through a little bit of a rehab now, so hopefully we get him for the start of training camp.”
Veach went on to say that the team’s Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Burkholder will provide an update in the following weeks.
“I’m sure Rick [Burkholder] will talk about that either after OTAs or before,” said Veach. “It’s something that I think he’ll be ready for training camp. We certainly want to get some guys out here and be ready to roll and be in a position to kind of know what we have.”
The Chiefs certainly have the guys when referring to Veach’s quote. As of now, they have approximately nine cornerbacks -excluding Fenton- on the roster.
Fenton’s ordeal can actually be viewed as a good thing. He knows the defense, therefore, the early portion of the offseason isn’t as important for him. What he needs most is training camp and per Veach, it sounds like he has a chance to be ready by then.
Fenton’s absence allows the other corners can fill his spot, giving them a great opportunity to show how much they can really handle. They’ll have to take on a variety of different responsibilities and they’ll also have to go against the team’s top passing targets, since they’ll be playing the No. 2 corner position, essentially. And, they’ll have plenty of time to practice and get familiarized with Steve Spagnuolo’s defense in a more direct manner since it sounds like Fenton won’t be back until training camp.
But no matter how you slice it, the Chiefs need Fenton in 2022. His status will certainly be something to monitor as the weeks progress.
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