Every year there’s an undrafted gem who seems to break through for the Chiefs and make the active roster. Darrel Williams has been that player in the backfield, and the aforementioned Wharton did the same last year along the defensive line. Ben Niemann has shone as a special teamer and linebacker as well. This year, it looked as if Devon Key was this year’s find.
Unfortunately, Key didn’t look so hot in the team’s first preseason game after generating considerable buzz in practice. Fortunately everyone is aware that Key was making his professional football debut which comes with plenty of slack. That said, he was undoubtedly able to watch plenty of film on what to correct in the past week, and it’s going to be very important for Key to show that he has the ability to absorb new information and grow into a greater role each week. That’s the key to making this team or not.
It’s not as if there’s a major hurdle in front of him making the team, depending on how you view the likes of Will Parks or Armani Watts. Key was already listed with the second-string safeties in the first depth chart of the offseason, so the team likes him already. However, if he looks like a man out of place once again, the Chiefs might have to rethink his readiness for the regular season.