How have the rookies on the Kansas City Chiefs performed over the first three weeks of the regular season, including in the 20-17 loss to the Colts?
After an encouraging 2-0 start to the season, the Kansas City Chiefs fell to 2-1 after being defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 20-17 in a game filled with miscues, including a couple by a notable rookie. It was an ugly day for the Chiefs but how did the rookies perform in the matchup and how have they performed so far in the 2022 NFL season? Let’s review every rookie from the team’s 2022 draft class, who’s seen consistent playing time, and how they have played in their young NFL careers.
The Chiefs selected ten players in this 2022 NFL Draft, nine of them made the final roster, and eight have seen playing time so far this season. Darian Kinnard, despite making the final roster, has yet to dress for a game this regular season and Nazeeh Johnson is on the practice squad. Trent McDuffie will be excluded from this article because he is currently on injured reserve. Joshua Williams will also not be included due to his lack of playing time on defense.
Bryan Cook, Safety (Round 2, Pick 62)
Bryan Cook has played mostly special teams this season. He’s played under 40 snaps on defense this season, including nine against the Colts, with a bulk of those coming in garbage time against Arizona. Cook did leave the game in Indianapolis at the beginning of the second half due to an injury. Hopefully, the injury isn’t too serious.
When Bryan Cook has played on defense, he’s played exactly like most would expect a second-round rookie to perform. He still has all the traits that made him a second-round pick but it will take some time for him to become a full-time member of the defense, barring an injury.