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Fenton adds special-teams ability and cornerback depth Nick Allegretti Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , all from the sixth round of the NFL Draft."WhiteSeries Stagner ThingsLottery Tickets ’19Summer of SpagsMailbagFanposts Fanshots Community Community GuidelinesContactAbout StubHub ✕2019 Chiefs Rookie Film ReviewFilm Review: Chiefs rookie CB Rashad FentonNew,29commentsFenton adds special-teams ability and cornerback depth, all from the sixth round of the NFL Draft.CDTShareTweetShareShareFilm Review: Chiefs rookie CB Rashad FentonJeff Blake-USA TODAY SportsEditor’s note: This is our fourth film review of the Chiefs’ 2019 draft class. If you missed our review of second-round wide receiver Mecole Hardman, click here. If you missed our review of second-round safety Juan Thornhill, click here. Finally, our review of third-round defensive tackle Khalen Saunders is located here.Going into the 2019 NFL Draft, most agreed that the Kansas City Chiefs needed to add some bodies to the secondary, particularly at the cornerback position.I think most wanted to add one before they did: in the sixth round. The player they took was Rashad Fenton from South Carolina. While some may wonder about why they chose him instead of some of the other cornerbacks in that draft range, Chiefs area scout David Hinson described his fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.Fenton’s versatility, ball skills, and quickness — as well as his ability as a punt gunner and return man — led to a good depth fit for a Chiefs team that needs more bodies at the position for 2020 and beyond.Let’s dig into some of the things that Chiefs fans can expect out of Fenton in 2019, as well as where he could prove to be valuable as a developmental player going forward.South Carolina CB Rashad FentonBall skills and speedOne of Fenton’s best attributes is that he’s typically looking for the ball. That’s music to some Chiefs fans’ ears after some of the cornerback play they witnessed last year. He’s not particularly strong at the catch point, and he doesn’t typically wall the receiver off to high-point the ball Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys 2019 , but he makes his fair share of plays on the ball in open field.The above play sees Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm sail a pass under pressure. Fenton is in coverage on the intended receiver, who runs a deep curl. Fenton stumbles out of the break but keeps his eyes up and locates the ball while off balance. He adjusts and comes down with an alert interception.We might see some version of this in camp this year, with Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur signing as an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs.Fenton showcases a natural ability to stay “on top” of the route vertically. That’s important for Spagnuolo’s four-read pass coverages (more coming on that soon) as a boundary cornerback. Fenton keeps the receiver in his peripheral vision and his eyes in the backfield. As he identifies the vertical route, he flips his hips to carry and keeps the receiver underneath him. If the throw is put on the receiver, Fenton can drive down for a breakup. However, it’s overthrown slightly, and that allows Fenton to come up with the interception.This is probably Fenton’s most impressive interception that I watched, and it comes against Missouri and now-Broncos quarterback Drew Lock. Lock has a fantastic pump-fake in combo with the receiver’s double move, and many cornerbacks would try to jump the route to pick it off. Fenton stays patient, sees the double move out of his periphery, and flips to carry the vertical. Lock lets it rip, and Fenton comes down with the interception.As all these clips have shown, Fenton is best from off-man or zone coverages Nick Allegretti Jersey nfl draft , particularly against vertical routes. He shows a proficiency in his shuffle-bail technique, the speed to carry vertically and the ball skills to come down with a game-changing turnover.However, when Fenton can’t keep his hips open and has to play with his back to the ball, he has far too many pass interference flags. While he generally plays faster than his 4.52 40-yard dash time, faster receivers can get him turned to the sideline on vertical routes, as shown above.This is concerning for press-man coverages that Spagnuolo may want to run. Fenton struggles to “feel” the route and has too many times where he doesn’t have an awareness for the catch point. This leads to him running through the receiver or grabbing out of breaks. He’ll need to develop this part of his game to be trusted on the boundary in tight man coverage.BreaksHinson specifically mentioned Fenton’s shuffle technique in his press conference, and I can see why. Fenton does well to keep his weight over his front foot so he can plant off of the shuffle and drive. He also takes short strides while still covering a lot of ground, allowing him to trigger quicker.Fenton sits on the above dig route and can get good depth in his shuffle without fully opening his hips. This allows him to see the dig and flip to drive inside, staying on top of the route and shrinking the throwing window.Fenton is perfectly capable of staying in phase and on top of the route when the receiver breaks from a shuffle, and that’s the technique the Chiefs will need to put him in if he has spot duty in year one. As I mentioned above, with his back to the ball, he gets grabby and “guesses” too often. They’ll need to avoid trail technique in the early parts of his career because of this.Run supportFenton is hot and cold in run support. He’s not afraid of coming up to deliver a hit, as the above play shows. If you give him an alley From China Nick Allegretti Jersey , he’ll shoot the gap without hesitation and try to deliver a blow.However, his slight build shows up when trying to get off of blocks. All sizes of receivers will lock him up and drive him out of the play, limiting his effectiveness in support. This especially shows up in bubble screens, where he will take the right angle and get the proper leverage on the blocker, but simply cannot beat the man to make a play.An NFL weight room might do Fenton wonders to help with his play strength — something that he’ll need at the catch point as well — but I wouldn’t expect much in run support in year one.Special teamsOne of the reoccurring comments from Hinson was about Fenton’s special-teams ability. Fenton returned kicks and punts in his time at South Carolina. Early in his career, he housed the kick shown above against LSU. Much like his coverage ability, he’s got good vision and quick feet to make cuts when the read is in front of him. While he likely won’t be demoting fellow rookie Mecole Hardman in this role, he offers a quality backup if Hardman’s role in the offense prevents him from returning kicks.Where Fenton will have a solid role is as a punt gunner. He’ll once again need better functional strength getting off of blocks and rerouting other gunners, but he showed an ability to slip lanes at the collegiate level and make an impact on the punt team.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe bottom lineRashad Fenton needs work at cornerback. Expecting year-one contributions out of him is expecting too much. From the way that he’s been talked about inside of Arrowhead, they know it as well.He needs more strength to play with bigger NFL wide receivers. He needs a better feel for the route with his back to the ball. He needs to be able to shed blockers better to contribute in the run game the way that Steve Spagnuolo likes his cornerbacks to contribute.However, he comes built in with the requisite technique, ball skills and feel for distribution from zone coverage that Spagnuolo will like. His versatility with Quarters, 2-read Long Sleeve Nick Allegretti Jersey , Match 3, and man coverages is a major plus with the mixing and matching Spagnuolo will do in the secondary.When watching the drills at the combine, Fenton was one of three players I felt performed well in every one of the cornerback drills — alongside Byron Murphy and Chiefs undrafted free agent Mark Fields. Their technique and fluidity from both sides and through multiple techniques jumped out compared to a mostly clunky group in the drills.Fenton can contribute in year one in special teams and offers good depth at the cornerback position while he develops — which is about as good as you can reasonably expect from a sixth-round pick.If he can put on some more mass and develop his ability to feel the route from trail technique, Fenton has the upside as a spot starter going forward. He should be in the mix as a quality depth piece in 2020 and beyond. Reid spoke about the wide receiver in his opening statement on Thursday." Kansas City Chiefs NewsChiefs head coach Andy Reid offers no new comment on Tyreek Hill’s statusNew,102commentsReid spoke about the wide receiver in his opening statement on Thursday.CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Chiefs head coach Andy Reid offers no new comment on Tyreek Hill’s statusTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesThe Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday with head coach Andy Reid speaking to the media. Rather than waiting for questions regarding Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Reid addressed the ongoing situation in his opening statement.“I’m not going to talk about Tyreek [Thursday], if anybody has questions,” he said. “I know last time I opened my mouth, I stuck my foot in it and said that the case wasn’t closed and that whole deal, that it was open—probably put the DA in a bind, so I’m not going there today, I don’t have anything further to say on that situation.”The last news we heard regarding Hill was back on June 7, when The Kansas City Star confirmed that his child abuse criminal investigation was no longer open. It’s important to note that Hill and his fiancé Nick Allegretti Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , Crystal Espinal, still have an ongoing procedure with the Kansas Department for Children and Families.The Chiefs have not made a new statement on the situation since night one of the NFL Draft, when general manager Brett Veach held an emergency press conference to announce that the wide receiver would not partake in team activities.Back on May 22 at the spring league meeting, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about next steps for the league when it came to Hill.“As you know, there’s a court proceeding still going on involving [the DCF],” he said. “We will not interfere with that. The priority is this young child. So obviously we will be cooperative of what the court wants.”Goodell said that as soon as the league had the opportunity, it would gather as much information as it can.“We are prepared to go ahead and have an interview whenever we have the permission to do so,” he explained. ”And then we’ll make a determination based on what information we have at that point in time. I won’t speculate about where we’ll go, but we’ll certainly get all the information we can as soon as possible.”And so now, with the next Chiefs media availability more than five weeks away, the waiting for some kind of decision or clarity regarding Hill continues.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="PSXheH">The timeline of events
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