The cornerback play has been lackluster
It isn’t earth shattering news to report that the Chiefs cornerback situation ranks among the NFL’s worst. The Chiefs started camp with cornerback as one of the roster spots about which people were most worried. Unfortunately, the corner play thus far at camp hasn’t done much to set minds at ease.
The Chiefs top three corners (Charvarius Ward, Bashaud Breeland, and Kendall Fuller) are okay. If you were hoping Fuller would look like the best slot corner in the NFL, Ward a young stud with true number one corner upside, and Breeland a dependable second corner, you are likely going to be disappointed by them. If your hope for those three is that they are “good enough to get by” given the other upgrades to the defense and how elite the offense is, then that may still turn out to be the case.
The problem is that after that its a little worrisome. Mark Fields and D’Montre Wade have flashed some and may definitely be worth keeping around to develop. (I didn’t get to see much of Rashad Fenton.) Yet as they stand right now, they look like guys that Tom Brady would target consistently if they had to play meaningful snaps in a big game at this point in their career. It’s not just those two either. In coverage drills, the Chiefs offensive players consistently beat the defensive backs on most reps.
Overall, I still believe based on what I saw that this defense may be enough improved to make a Super Bowl a real possibility but if you asked me for the position that I am most worried about after watching a couple of days at camp it is definitely cornerback. Now part of that could because…