Marqueston Huff offers veteran versatility to Kansas City Chiefs secondary
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs’ signing of Marqueston Huff provides more competition for everyone for limited secondary and special teams slots.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been busy upgrading their secondary for not only the 2017 season but for several seasons thereafter. After extending both safeties Eric Berry and Daniel Sorensen to six- and four-year extensions, respectively, the Chiefs have announced another safety signing with free agent Marqueston Huff.
While Huff is primarily identified with playing safety, the reality is that he also has some ability to play cornerback and offer versatility for the Chiefs. Huff played cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While the Chiefs look loaded at safety already with Berry, Sorensen, Ron Parker and even Eric Murray, a fourth round chosen in last year’s draft, the Chiefs will employ Huff as competition for Murray and other back-up members of the secondary.
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Last year, the Chiefs made some last-minute changes to the roster, and specifically the secondary, by adding Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers and signing Terrance Mitchell mid-season. The reality is that every sub-package or special teams player on the team is likely going to face very stiff competition before making the final roster. Acker, Mitchell, D.J. White and perhaps even Phillip Gaines will need to fend off any challengers, such as Huff, for their assumed roles.
Huff is going to face a tall order making the Chiefs if Pro Football Focus grades mean anything (which we’re hesitant to do). Huff is ranked 33rd among free agent safeties available. That’s not good. Then again, Eric Berry was ranked below Jonathan Cyprien. Take it with a grain of salt, but John Dorsey is interested enough to bring him in and it’s likely a veteran minimum.
By the time the Chiefs import their latest draft class and get through OTAs, we might find they’ve released Huff within a few months of signing him. However, if he can stick, that speaks well of the former Wyoming product’s ability to provide some impact this season for the Chiefs.