There have been plenty of flashes throughout the Kansas City Chiefs‘ young secondary over the last few months. But, obviously, what happens during a real game is what will define success in 2022 and beyond.
One way to help quell the anxiety that comes with the aforementioned questions is to have experienced veterans with system knowledge on the roster. The more guys who not only know what to do but have been in the think of it teams have, typically the better.
The Chiefs now have a chance to add a player who fits this criteria in defensive back Ross Cockrell. The seven-year vet was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday as a part of the team’s roster cuts.
Cockrell can still play, as evidenced by his 474 snaps played and four games started in 2021. The Buccaneers just have a really deep secondary that essentially squeezed Cockrell out.
Cockrell can play the nickel and safety positions. He’s a physical corner who can play the run and he’s not afraid to hit someone. He has decent ball skills and can play special teams. Cockrell would be a good, versatile depth piece for the Chiefs.
He had the best year of his career under Steve Spagnuolo in 2017, too. Cockrell finished that season with a career-high three interceptions and the second-most pass deflections (11).
The move makes sense for both sides, but the Chiefs did just cut veteran DB Lonnie Johnson Jr. and according to the team’s website, there are currently more than 15 secondary players on the team.
So, Cockrell would be stepping out of one crowded secondary and right into another. But, at least he’ll adapt quickly since he knows Spags’ system.
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