Eric Berry is ready for training camp.
In an interview yesterday with Adam Schein of Sirius XM NFL Radio, Berry said that he was physically “100%.”
This news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Berry got injured just five plays into the season and so he has had plenty of time ro rehab and recover. Still, Chiefs fans all over the world have to be breathing a big sigh of relief. Kc’s defense finished 11th in the NFL last year despite not having Berry.
Berry probably isn’t the best player in the Chiefs’ defense. I’d say right now that title is a toss up between Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson but Berry certainly has the potential to be the team’s best defender. His athleticism will afford head coach/defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel more flexibility. Berry showed in his rookie season that he coul dplay close to the line, drop into coverage, stuff the run and rush the passer. He made a number of key plays throughout 2010 that likely led to KC wins.
The Chiefs will probably bring Berry along slowly as the enter training camp. They’ll want to get him out there to shake off the rust but they will also need to help Berry restore his confidence in his surgically repaired ACL.
The Chiefs are expecting Berry, RB Jamaal Charles and TE Toney Moeaki to be key parts of their plans in 2012. One thing is for sure, now that Todd Haley is gone I don’t think we’ll be seeing any of these guys playing in the 4th quarter of the last preseason game.