The Chiefs have been slowly increasing Tanoh Kpassagnon’s reps all season long, treating him as a luxury that he was drafted to be. When John Dorsey pulled the trigger to draft the Villanova product, the words “raw” and “developmental” were quickly attached, informing Chiefs fans that they would need to be patient before judging him as a player.
After a full season, Kpassagnon has technically played in 15 games but he has a scant 5 total tackles on the year. On Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, he had 8 snaps on defense and 14 on special teams.
He’s certainly gaining a bit of experience, but what would it look like if he had to give it a go for an entire series? What if he had to adjust on the fly? What if he had to trust his instincts? What if he had to fail and then learn how to leave it behind for the sake of the very next play?
These are important questions to answer, and the Chiefs could test Kpassagnon on Sunday to at least see how far he has come. It’s one thing to see his development in practice, but a late season experiment could really be a nice litmus test for a pass rusher John Dorsey once compared to Sean Jones (a player with 113 career sacks).