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Chiefs urged to sign former Defensive Rookie of the Year

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ junior high earned plenty of praise in the first two weeks of the NFL regular season.

The unit drew national attention in Week 2 when rookie corner Jaylen Watson intercepted Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert at the goal line and returned him 99 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the win for Kansas City.

The Chiefs’ defense has earned a 73.2 coverage score from PFF in its first two weeks, which ranks seventh overall in the NFL. However, the Chiefs’ secondary has benefited from injuries suffered by their opponents, with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore missing the Week 1 matchup, along with Deandre Hopkins, who was suspended, and Chargers veteran Keenan Allen, who missed the matchup of the missed week 2.

As the Chiefs head for matchups against the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills next month, an NFL analyst is urging the defending AFC West champion to sign a veteran corner with a strong NFL continue.

KC Proctor of Arrowhead Addict listed three free agents with helpful experience for the Chiefs to sign. One of the more interesting options was veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins entered the league as a second-round pick from the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He stormed onto the stage with a Defensive Rookie of the Year award and All-Pro honors his rookie season. He recorded three pick sixes that season, according to Pro Football Reference.

Overall, Jenkins has played 10 seasons in the NFL, including four with the Rams, four with the New York Giants, one with the New Orleans Saints, and one with the Tennessee Titans.

On March 15, the Titans released 33-year-old Jenkins.

“Certainly the Titans had their reasons for leaving Jenkins, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and the Chiefs could use the dependable consistency that Jackrabbit has shown year after year for the past decade,” Proctor wrote on 21st September .

Based on NFLPA public salary cap report and Chiefs restructuring kicker news Harrison Butker’s contract To free up cap space, Kansas City has approximately $3.1 million in available cap space.

Due to his age and free agent status during the regular season, the Chiefs could potentially sign Jenkins to a one-year contract that will keep them below the salary cap. Getting another veteran into the cornerback room would also be beneficial, as the Chiefs have three rookies playing big roles this season (Watson, Trent McDuffie and Joshua Williams) who could use additional experience in the secondary school.

Speaking to the media on Sept. 19, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about the challenge of starting the season with two games in five days and being able to pull off two wins in that situation.

“Yeah, listen, Matt (McMullen), it’s one of those things the league gives you. It’s a bit of a mess getting everything together but we’re trying to work with that before we get to that point and have a plan of where we’re going to go unless the team you’re playing Thursday The night completely changed in the first game compared to what you expected,” Reid explained during his press conference.

“But it’s doable, it’s nice to have the few days off for our players to get away a bit from the pain from the start of the season, the training camp and all that, so I think that’s a plus. The mini goodbye – I guess (that’s what) we call them now – it’s good to have a mini goodbye and get back on the road. We don’t have another Thursday game so it’s behind us now and you move on with what we have.

Next up for the Chiefs is an away game against the Colts on Sunday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. CST.

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