LB: Justin March
The standout at last year’s training camp, March was all over the field as he made a solid case for making the 53 man roster. Unfortunately, a torn meniscus in the preseason put a halt to the excitement surrounding him, but it’s just about time people start talking about him again as a potential starting LB down the road. On the practice field and in the preseason, March looked like an absolute steal as an undrafted free agent. With the range to cover running backs and tight ends in space and the pursuit skills and aggressiveness to take on blocks and make tackles around the line of scrimmage, March was looked at by many as a possible Derrick Johnson replacement. I’m not saying he’ll ever be DJ, but with a full recovery and another strong training camp performance, March can certainly earn a roster spot and make a name for himself.
DB: Steven Nelson
Last year’s third-round pick, Nelson played mostly on special teams as he learned the nickle cornerback position. Many looked at his lack of playing time despite injuries in the defensive backfield as a lack of ability, but this shouldn’t be the case. Nelson is an undersized yet feisty corner who will give full effort in everything he does. His skill set projects best as the nickle corner where his lack of size and top-end speed will not hurt him. After a year of learning and developing, the opportunity is there for Nelson to earn a role in the Chiefs’ nickle and dime packages. With a similar attitude and toughness as Marcus Peters, I’ll be interested to see what Nelson can do in a bigger role.
So, there we have it, Addicts. How would you feel about these players assuming bigger roles on the team? Who else on the roster do you think can step up and contribute?