“You pay a guy $5 million … and really, from his coverage standpoint, he’s played really well,” McElroy said. “He’s had three plays that weren’t good … but one of them (at Tampa Bay), he had the guy covered on the fade, and the guy jumped over his head and made a ridiculous catch. You can’t have a guy covered any better than that.
“This was about as random in my 30 years as it gets. We’ll see if he gets claimed on waivers. I’ve had a couple of texts from teams. It would be a wise claim for someone, because they’re not getting into guaranteed money.”
“He’s a great receiver, but you have to control those guys, get your hands on those guys, and if you play off (in a zone), you have to play the right technique,” said Arenas, a second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2010. “The other night was my first go-around; I got a good feel, I got a chance to get out there …
“I had a couple of balls caught on me and had a chance to come up and make a couple of tackles. I got my feet wet. It’s the NFL. Those guys are going to make plays, too. I just want to dive in and do all they ask of me and play to the best of my ability.”
Opponents tend to attack the Chiefs’ right cornerback and nickel back because of the presence of Brandon Flowers on the left side. With Arenas starting in place of Routt last week, Travis Daniels moved into the nickel spot and was beaten handily by the Chargers’ Danario Alexander, the University of Missouri product who was playing in just his second game with San Diego.
Pittsburgh won a 24-20 matchup at the New York Giants on Sunday in a unique circumstance where the Steelers traveled to New York on the morning of the game. The Steelers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase a 20-10 deficit. QB Ben Roethlisberger connected with WR Mike Wallace for a 51-yard catch-and-run TD with 14:05 left and RB Isaac Redman score the game-winning touchdown on a run from one yard out with 4:02 left in regulation.
For the Chiefs, WR Dwayne Bowe became the fourth player in franchise history to record 400 career receptions when he caught eight passes for 79 yards Thursday at San Diego. He now has 401 catches in his career and leads all Kansas City receivers with 45 receptions for 571 yards (12.7 avg.) with three TDs this season.