John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs NT Dontari Poe found the endzone this week.
Unfortunately, he found it in an OTA practice and not a regular game.
Poe intercepted a tipped ball in practice and returned it all the way for a TD. Players generally don’t bother returning picks all the way in practice but the 350 pound Poe wasn’t going to be denied. In fact, he even had a TD dance ready to go.
“I took it to the crib, 71 yards or something like that,’’ Poe said in comments obtained from the Kansas City Star. “I had an entourage in front of me so we got it done.’’
It is good to know Poe is making waves in practice. He had his ups and downs during his rookie season. While nobody has ever doubted Poe’s athletic ability, there is still a question of whether or not the former first-round pick will be able to translate his talents into Pro Bowl caliber play on the field.
For his part, Poe said he hopes to find the endzone again. For real.
“I hope so,” Poe joked after practice. “I don’t have to get any fines or anything like that for the team, but I hope so.”
The Chiefs are playing a much more aggressive style of defense under new coordinator Bob Sutton. In the new scheme, the defensive lineman will be in attack mode much more than they were under former head coach and defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel. Thus far, the new defense appears to be paying dividends, as linemen are getting their hands on the football at the line of scrimmage.
“Yeah,” said Poe. “Any way we can disrupt the offense and the quarterback, getting our hands up to get there. That’s the first thing we do as d-linemen. You just put your hands up and hopefully you knock the ball down.”
Chiefs fans no doubt Poe can take his show on the road this fall.
After all, there is nothing lke a big man doing a TD dance.