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Chiefs lose Berry for the 2017 Season

JAN 15 AFC Divisional Playoff - Steelers at Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry for the season. Berry will be going to IR according to Andy Reid on Friday.

The injury sustained against the New England Patriots has been determined to be of ruptured Achilles tendon also per Reid. While this is a devastating loss for the Chiefs 2017 season Berry will still be involved. Andy Reid said earlier that Berry’s coaching career could get a start and that he will remain with the team during the season.

In Berry’s absence, two players will have to step up and the team will be looking to add depth at the safety position. We discussed this possibility in the postgame podcast.

Daniel Sorensen will play more snaps at his current nickel linebacker spot. That is where Sorenson plays best in this Chiefs defense. Moving Sorensen to the deep safety or roaming position that Barry occupies is not the best use of Sorensen’s skills.

Second-year safety Eric Murray will likely to be the best solution to play Berry’s position in Berry’s absence. Murray had extended snaps during training camp while Berry was out with a sore heel. That nagging injury seems to have been an indication of the status of the Achilles.

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Now Murray will likely be paired with Ron Parker in the back of the defense. Murray showed the preseason he can play deep safety in both cover-1 and cover-2 shells. He also showed that he is able to come up cover slot receivers and tight ends.

The Chiefs will feel the loss of Eric Berry on the field. Eric Murray is getting thrown into the fire. Also, expect an addition to the 53-man roster at the safety position. That could come in the form of a Chiefs practice squad player being elevated to the active roster. It’s also possible the Chiefs could make an acquisition.

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A University of Kansas grad, Ryan is an Exercise Physiologist and NSCA-certified Strength & Conditioning Coach and data analyst. Ryan founded Rogue Analytics Consulting and developed the Athletic Matrix TM. His focus is player evaluation, roster building, and team management. Ryan has lived in every city in the old AFC West, including Seattle. Follow @RyanTracyNFL for more Chiefs and NFL coverage.

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