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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker hardly misses. On Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, however, the 24-year-old botched the point after touchdown when the football did a double doink and bounced off both posts before falling to the ground.

Damien Williams caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to put the Chiefs up 23-3 in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field.

When Butker lines up to take the kick, there’s no denying the Georgia native’s talents. After all, he drilled a 56-yard field goal in the first half, adding some considerable stats to his name. However, this attempt did not go his way and in fact instantly made him a trending topic on Twitter.

Whether he was in fact trolling the Bears or not, looks like Butker’s miscue managed to generate some laughs from both fanbases.

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Referee Jerome Boger and his crew are receiving plenty of criticism Monday after an awful officiating performance in Sunday’s Week 14 game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

There were plenty of missed calls throughout the evening.

Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry dove toward the pylon early in the fourth quarter for what looked like a touchdown. The officials ruled Harry stepped out of bounds at the 3-yard line even though replays clearly showed he hadn’t. The officials likely cost the Patriots a touchdown shortly before the Harry mistake when they ruled Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce down by contact and blew the play dead despite a clear fumble and recovery by New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who had a clear path to the end zone.

Despite those glaring errors, the worst mistake from Boger’s crew might have been its inability to penalize the Chiefs the correct amount of yards on an illegal hands to the face penalty in the third quarter. Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif committed the penalty, which was the correct call, but Boger announced the infraction as a 5-yard penalty when the rulebook states it’s a 10-yard loss (click here to watch Boger incorrectly announce the penalty).

Mixing up penalty yardage would be understandable in most cases because the crew still has time before the next play is run to correct the referee and ensure the proper yardage is enforced. That didn’t happen, though, because none of the seven officials on the field noticed the error. The Chiefs, as a result, moved back from their own 44-yard line to their own 39-yard line. This Kansas City drive ultimately ended in a punt, which New England blocked to set up great field position for a possession that resulted in a Brandon Bolden touchdown run.

The Chiefs ended up winning 23-16 despite a late comeback attempt by the Patriots.

This kind of penalty mixup is inexcusable for any officiating crew, but especially for an experienced official like Boger, who’s in his 13th season as an NFL referee.

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Chris Jones may have kicked the hornet’s nest when he decided to get into a war of words with Tom Brady. Throughout the century, opposing players that decided to get into a verbal exchange with Brady end up regretting that decision. Not only did Jones prove the opposite, but he also proved that the Patriots are nothing to fear through 13 games, despite their 10-3 record.

Anything to get in Brady’s head, especially with an offense that scored just 16 points, seven of which came from a trick play.

“Just crap-talking,” Jones said of his exchange with Brady late in the second quarter of the Chiefs’ 23-16 victory, via NBC Sports Boston. “Tom is a heck of a quarterback, a Hall of Famer. Any time you’re able to talk crap, you gotta affect him any type of way. I got much respect for Tom Brady, man.

“He’s definitely a GOAT in my eyes, one of the greatest. Any time you’re able to affect his game any type of way, whether it’s talking, whether it’s hitting him, whether it’s getting him uncomfortable, you got to.”

Jones wasn’t worried about the consequences of his actions, but did he think all of that had any effect?

“I mean, you see the score,” Jones said in response.

Jones and Brady bashed helmets with the Chiefs holding a 17-7 lead late in the first half and the Patriots offense getting off the field on third down. After Brady threw an incompletion, Jones got in Brady’s face which prompted the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback to retaliate.

The Jones exchange wasn’t brought up to Brady after the game, which is the last of the quarterback’s concerns. Not when his offense puts up 278 yards and goes 2-of-12 on third down situations.

“I mean, I think we’re just trying to figure out what works,” Brady said. “So, I think you have an idea and then you see how the game unfolds and then you’ve got to make some adjustments. So, we tried to make some adjustments there in the second half. They threw a lot of different defenses at us, some we handled pretty good, others we didn’t. It was a good game by them.”

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Pro Football Focus released it’s third mock draft, and had the Cleveland Browns go in a direction unseen by many in-season mocksters.

The analytically oriented website forecasted the Browns will pick Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons 15th overall.

Author Michael Renner noted how the Browns need help at linebacker, defensive line and safety. With this in mind, he suggested the Browns draft someone who can play all three spots.

“Why not draft a guy who can play all three? That’s what Simmons has done for Clemons’s defense this year and has graded out above average in coverage every year of his career.”

OK, if you’re a Browns fan, you’re really weary of this line of thinking for two reasons: Cam Erving and Austin Corbett. Granted, they’re lineman, but the lesson learned here is the Browns tried to make them play various positions on the line.

Essentially, Cleveland Cleveland caught to make each guy a Jack of All Trades and ended up getting a Master of Nothing.

Plus, Simmons plays for the Tigers, a program that notoriously plays one of the weakest schedules in the country.  This isn’t to say Simmons will fail in the NFL. Perhaps he will be a very good player. The point is that the Browns probably can’t afford to gamble with glaring needs at both tackle spots.

Fans have been screaming offensive line all season, but here’s the problem: Renner had four offensive lineman taken before the Browns made their first pick. Players taken include Andrew Thomas (3rd), Tristan Wirfs (7th), Alex Leatherwood (9th) and  Jedrick Wills (10th).

Only one offensive tackle was picked after the Browns’ selection, and that was Josh Jones of Houston going 22nd.

It’s remarkable and telling to see four tackles go in the top 10 and five in the first round. The need for the position is great and there’s just not a lot out there via the trade market, which is why the Texans look smart for giving up two first-round picks for Laremy Tunsil.

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FOXBORO — There was plenty for Anthony Sherman to celebrate on his 31st birthday.

Being in New England, 10 minutes up Route One from North Attleboro, Sherman’s frosting on the cake was the Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West Sunday, beating the Patriots, 23-16

“To come in here and beat a great football team, it’s good, it’s a morale booster for us,” Sherman said of the Chiefs’ ninth win of the season to improve to 6-1 on the road.

In his seventh season with the Chiefs and ninth season in the NFL, Sherman, who turns 31 on Wednesday, is a a two-time All Pro selection (2014, 2018) for the Kansas City specialty teams and a blocking back on offense.

This season, Sherman has touched the ball just six times on offense with four rushes for nine yards and two receptions for 22 yards as he has been on the field for 24 snaps.

“We’ve been a little up and down this year,” Sherman said. “We’ve started to hit the ‘more consistent’ button. “This is a good time of the season to start playing well, this is what you look for. One of our goals was to win the AFC West and we did that.”

Sherman was on the field for 13 specialty teams situations during the first half Sunday, including two PAT kicks and two field goals as the outside left blocker.

Sherman was also in for a dozen plays in the second half, including four at fullback in the final minute of the game protecting quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs ran out the clock.

Sherman also got into a jawing session with the Patriots’ Elandon Roberts on Kansas City’s kickoff after the Chiefs had taken a 23-7 lead.

“I’m doing whatever I can do to get on the field and help the team win — I’ll do it,” Sherman said.

Sherman was one of the four Chiefs’ captains on the field for the pre-game coin toss, calling heads, winning the flip and electing to defer possession of the ball to the second half.

Fortunately for Sherman, he had his No. 42 jersey. A container filled with Kansas City game uniforms and equipment was inadvertently shipped to Newark, N.J., after not being taken off the Chiefs’ chartered flight into Boston on Friday.

“I think my helmet was in there,” Sherman said.

The container was hastily retrieved and arrived in Foxboro 90 minutes before game time.

Sherman never could have envisioned his NFL career lasting so long — 137 games, 109 with Kansas City — with five straight AFC (six overall) playoff appearances.

A 2007 graduate of North Attleboro High, Sherman captained the Rocketeer football, winter track and baseball teams with 1,202 rushing yards and 20 TD’s to go along with 100 tackles at linebacker. He was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006.

Sherman remains the Big Red career rushing leader with 2,537 yards and 48 TDs.

True to his “townie” roots, one of the most memorable moments of Sherman’s career was scoring a TD for the Rocketeers as a freshman against Attleboro High in the Thanksgiving Day game – playing that season for North coach Paul Sullivan, then for current AD Kurt Kummer over the next three seasons.

And that’s not forgetting that Sherman ran the 55 dash at 6.98 seconds and the 100 dash at 12.19 seconds as a North trackman, also putting the shot. And in the spring he tended to duties in centerfield and generally batted out of the No.3 spot of the order for the North baseball team.

Only two NCAA Division I programs in New England actively recruited Sherman, Boston College and UConn. Sherman envisioned more chances to improve under Huskie coach Randy Edsall and more playing time in Storrs.

Sherman was a fifth-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals coming out of UConn and played two seasons there before his rights were traded to Kansas City.

Now with three children, the eldest of which is five years old, Sherman may stay closer to Kansas City, but is always in contact with his Rocketeer family of friends.

Against the Patriots, Sherman was in on the game-opening tackle of Brandon Boldin at the New England 17; played at the upback position ahead of the Chiefs’ primary kick returner as a blocker; and was a wedge blocker for Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker, who hit a 48, 31 and 41 yard field goals-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.

Renowned for his community service projects, Kansas City resigned Sherman for a one-year, $1.02 million pact in March.

The 5-foot-10, 242-pound Sherman (who turns 31 Wednesday) may not be a regular with the offensive unit, save for blocking, “we have so many weapons, they don’t dare give me the ball,” chuckled Sherman. “I’m the last choice.”

The Chiefs won their first four games of the season and have now won four of five outings. Consistency has been an issue. The Chiefs have outscored foes 134-57 during the second quarters of games, but been out-scored 94-65 during the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs rank 24th overall in the NFL in rushing offense (94.5 yards per game) and 25th overall defensively (372 yards allowed). Kansas City scored just three second half points against the Patriots, but held New England to 2-for-12 on third down situations and Tom Brady to 9-for-17 passing in the second half.

“This locker room is awesome, we all have the same mindset,” Sherman said. “We’re all having fun and I’m part of it. It’s nothing better than being around a bunch of guys who just want to win football games. We’ve got a lot of football ahead of us.

“I made that goal 10 years (in the NFL) in my head and I’m a year ago,” he added. “I made that goal not knowing I’d be here or be in the league and even play three years. I’m in the best situation for me, I’ve taken full advantage and continue to do what I do. I’m just trying to be reliable.”

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is an old tale that pops up from time to time, parts of which Chiefs coach Andy Reid still disputes, about a phone call he made to Travis Kelce when Kansas City selected the tight end in the third round of the 2013 draft.

They had a nice chat. Reid welcomed Kelce to the team, explained how he envisioned him fitting in. Then, Reid offered a warning: “Don’t screw this up,” he said, at least according to the story.

It made sense, too. Kelce put together a brilliant college career at Cincinnati, but the brother of longtime NFL center Jason Kelce also had run into some trouble. He was suspended the entire 2010 season for what the Bearcats called a violation of team rules, which turned out to be a failed drug test for marijuana, and many questioned his maturity.

“You have to understand that I knew Travis before we took him. I had his brother (with the Eagles) and he came to visit his brother all of the time,” Reid said, explaining that infamous draft-day phone call nearly seven years ago. “I didn’t ask if he was going to screw it up, or tell him that he was going to screw it up. I just said that you know how I operate, and welcome aboard — and that I’m probably not going to be the easiest on you. He said, ‘I got it.’”

Did he ever get it.

After missing most of his rookie year because of microfracture surgery on his knee, the athletically gifted ex-quarterback has made everyone who played a part in drafting him look like a genius. Kelce already has become the first tight end in NFL history with four consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and with eight catches for 74 yards in last week’s 26-3 romp in Chicago, he became the first with back-to-back seasons of at least 1,200 yards.

Kelce also eclipsed 500 receptions in just his 95th game, beating Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow’s record for their position by a full six games and setting a standard that should be tough to beat.

“It tells everybody that I’ve been pretty fortunate to be on the field the past four years,” Kelce said with the self-deprecating style he’s adopted during his career.

Asked why he’s become so difficult to handle, he replied: “I think it’s just the Kansas City barbecue seeping through my pores. It makes me a little slippery when I’m out there.”

Kelce isn’t the fastest player in the league, nor is he the quickest or strongest. He doesn’t have the best hands, either, with his share of drops along the way. But he might just be the best player in the league regardless of position at finding holes in the defense, and his ability to squirm away from defenders to get yardage after the catch is downright uncanny.

“Just how consistent he is on a game-to-game basis, it’s truly special,” said Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose own record-breaking numbers are owed in part to Kelce’s play.

“He’s going out there trying to win and being a competitor. He doesn’t look at stats. He doesn’t look at that stuff. He’s just a competitor on that field who wants to win a football game and he does whatever he can to get himself or other players open. He’s a guy you want to have on your team.”

The reason for that isn’t just the numbers, though. That young and carefree and occasionally reckless kid who got into trouble in college has grown into a consummate leader, the guy that helps to set the standard in the locker room and rallies the rest of the team around him when they take the field on Sunday.

It’s why the Chiefs gave him a five-year, $46 million contract extension in January 2016.

“He has grown up tremendously,” Reid said. “The talent was always there, it has always been there. He is very gifted. He has a great feel. He loves playing the game. Then, he has been on the other side of it. He has been a quarterback, so he knows how to be quarterback friendly. There is something to be said for that. It was just a matter of growing up, having the responsibility that he had here and understanding that and handling that. I think he has done phenomenal with it.”

Reid pointed out that Kelce has been voted a team captain every year that the Chiefs have been to the playoffs, a sign that he is respected by his teammates. But the two-time All-Pro is also respected by his peers across the league.

He’ll be headed to his fifth straight Pro Bowl after the season, assuming the Chiefs aren’t headed to the Super Bowl.

“He’s a great player. There’s a reason he’s been doing the things he’s been doing,” said Bears linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who spent most of Sunday night chasing Kelce all over the field. “We just have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”

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The Kansas City Chiefs draft class was special with the drafting of Patrick Mahomes, but think how much better it would have been if the team would have drafted Alvin Kamara.

The Chiefs took Mahomes with the 10th overall pick and also owned the 59th pick. Karma wasn’t drafted by the New Orleans Saints until the 67th pick, but the Chiefs instead decided to take Tanoh Kpassagnon with the 59th pick. Kpassagnon has been a solid defensive end racking up six sacks in his career, but Kamara would be having a bigger impact on the Chiefs offense.

The first big change if the team would have drafted Kamara is they wouldn’t have had the headache of Kareem Hunt. Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns during his time with Chiefs but his off the field issues put a real black spot on the organization.

Hunt was released after a video emerged of Hunt kicking and shoving a woman in a Cleveland hotel. The Chiefs had drafted hunt with the 86th overall pick in the 2017 draft. If the team had drafted Kamara, there would have been no need for the team to take Hunt, and they could have spent that pick on a defensive end to fill the role that Kpassagnon fills with the team.

Since the team has released Hunt the Chiefs offense has been elite led by Patrick Mahomes but the running game has been a weakness.

The team has run through LeSean McCoy, Damien Williams, Spencer Ware to try and fill the role. They have done well enough, but Kamra would be a big upgrade.

During the 2018 season, Kamara rushed 194 times for 883 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 81 passes for 709 passes and four touchdowns. During his time with the Saints, he has split carries if he would be a true number one back the stats would be even more impressive.

Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Alvin Kamara wouldn’t be fair to deal with even if the Chiefs had a mediocre quarterback. Add in that it’s Patrick Mahomes slinging the rock to them, it might be the greatest offense in NFL history.

In NFL history there are a lot of what if’s and this will be one that will be questioned for many years. The Chiefs don’t have Kamara and instead, they will probably be in the market during the offseason looking for someone to fill the role that the Saints running back would have had in their offense.

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The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated American Indian Heritage Month for a sixth-consecutive year at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as part of the Chiefs’ ongoing commitment to honoring the Native community.

Representatives from several different tribes were on hand for a number of pregame and in-game events dedicated to observing Native American culture and educating the fans in attendance.

The event existed through a collaboration between the Chiefs and the American Indian Community Working Group, which serves as a liaison for the Native community and as an advisor to the Chiefs in order to promote an awareness and understanding of Native cultures and tribes in the region.

The ceremony began with the Blessing of the Four Directions, led by Fred Thomas from the Kickapoo Nation of Kansas in the way of their people. The blessing was meant to bring a sense of preparation and good spirit to the afternoon.

Following the blessing, Lakota Nation native Cody Hall performed a Drum Blessing before the Chief Hill Drum Group, from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, participated in a ceremonial drum Honor Song so that the drum may be later sounded in the Chiefs’ tradition.

A drum is much more than just a musical instrument in Native cultures – it holds significant symbolic power. Traditionally constructed from the hides of animals, the drum possesses a powerful spirit representing the life of the animal. The beating of the drum is symbolic of the heartbeat of the animal, uniting those in attendance with the animal’s spirit.

After the Honor Song, the colors were presented by the Kansas Native American Color Guard as singer/songwriter Tabitha Fair, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and Victoria Venier performed the National Anthem while each wearing No. 41 jerseys representing Chiefs’ longsnapper James Winchester, who has Choctaw heritage in his family.

“That was pretty cool, I got to shake hands with them afterwards,” Winchester said. “I think it’s neat that the Chiefs recognize this. My grandma’s side is where the Native blood comes from and I’m proud of it.”

And for many back in Winchester’s native Oklahoma, the five-year veteran serves as an inspiration for what individuals of Native heritage can achieve.

“I don’t think I’m deserving of any status as a role model, but you know the people back home think it’s cool and they follow me, and that makes it special,” Winchester said. “I play this game because I love it, but to be somewhat of an inspiration for people back home is probably the coolest thing about this gig.”

As kickoff neared, Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt presented a No. 21 Jim Thorpe jersey to Justin Wood, the Principal Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation – which Thorpe was a member of – and two of Thorpe’s granddaughters on the field. Thorpe was the first president of the NFL, and the presentation recognized the 100th anniversary of that achievement.

It all made for an educational morning that provided fans with a glimpse into Native cultures and traditions, and the festivities continued into the game itself.

U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War Veteran Jerry Tuckwin, who continues to be an active figure in the operations of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, served as the Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat honoree on Sunday while Special Olympian Bradley Tanner, a native of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, beat the drum as the Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

It all represented a special relationship that was featured on the biggest of stages on Sunday, again demonstrating the Chiefs’ commitment to learning from and celebrating the Native community.

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(WIBW, Chiefs) – Six Chiefs have been selected for the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Mecole Hardman all received the honor. This is Kelce’s fifth selection, while it’s the fourth time for Hill and second time for Mahomes. The rest are all first-time selections.

Tyrann Mathieu, Mitchell Schwartz, Harrison Butker, Anthony Sherman, Anthony Hitchens and Dustin Colquitt are serving as Pro Bowl alternates.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. It will be televised on ABC and ESPN.

Mahomes has started 12 games this season, completing 280 of 426 pass attempts (65.7%) for 3,606 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions (106.2 rating). He’s started in 29 career games, recording 8,987 yards on 685 completions with 73 touchdowns and 17 interceptions (109.5 rating).

Hill has played in 10 games (10 starts) this season, recording 49 receptions for 727 yards (14.8 avg.) with seven touchdowns. He’s played in 57 career games (40 starts) recording 272 receptions for 3,982 yards (14.6 avg.) and 32 receiving touchdowns. Hill owns a league-leading 52 receptions of 25+ yards in his NFL career.

Kelce has started all 14 games this season, recording 86 receptions for 1,131 yards (13.2 avg.) with four receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He’s played in 94 career games (87 starts) tallying 496 receptions for 6,367 yards (12.8 avg.) and 36 touchdown catches.

Jones has started 10 of his 11 games played this season and has recorded a team-high 7.0 sacks (-55.0 yards), six tackles for loss and 17 quarterback pressures. His career numbers include 31.0 sacks (-238.0 yards), 131 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Clark has recorded 6.0 sacks (-35.0 yards), 11 quarterback pressures and three passes defensed in 12 games (nine starts) played this season. Clark’s three forced fumbles tie a single-season career-high, while his Week 1 interception at Jacksonville (9/8/19) was the second of his career. He’s played in 74 career games (42 starts) with the Seahawks (2015-18) and Chiefs (2019) tallying 41.0 sacks (-245.5 yards), 170 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Hardman has played in all 14 games this season (four starts). The rookie WR has recorded 25 receptions for 508 yards (20.3 avg.) with six receiving TDs. Hardman has returned 13 punts for 136 yards (10.5 avg.) and 23 kickoff returns for 530 yards (23.0 avg.).

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Among Kansas City Chiefs fans, Daniel Sorensen has been a firecracker.

Since he joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2014, fans have tended to see the 29-year-old safety either as an up-and-coming homegrown talent or an overpaid depth player.

The more playing time Sorensen received, the more fan opinions appeared to turn negative — and this past offseason, they got worse. With the acquisitions of veteran Tyrann Mathieu and second-round draft pick Juan Thornhill — and with Jordan Lucas and Armani Watts already on the roster — there didn’t seem to be much reason to hold on to Sorensen and his $4.7 million cap hit.

But the Chiefs decided Sorensen was worth keeping.

Early in the year — as the Chiefs tended to use five defensive backs while working in various linebackers on passing downs — Sorensen only played about 20% of the defensive snaps. But after slot cornerback Kendall Fuller’s injury, his snap counts have increased — and it has resulted in some success for the Chiefs.

Let’s take a look at how the Chiefs have been deploying Sorensen — and why his role is becoming extremely vital at just the right time.
In the box

The most common way the Chiefs use Sorensen is as a dime linebacker. He was used this way before Fuller’s injury, but it was only in select situations.

On this play, Sorensen is lined up as one of two linebackers. He has man coverage on the running back out of the backfield. Sorensen does a good job angling out to the flat with the running back — and as the backflips his hips on the route, Sorensen is able to flip back around with him.

The Chiefs defense has been notoriously poor at covering running backs out of the backfield — and while Sorensen may not be the perfect guy for the job, he is the team’s best option. His angles can be off — and he doesn’t always play up to NFL-level athleticism — but overall, he has the skill set to match the shiftiness of running backs, along with the processing skills to identify where a back is trying to go.

So it would make sense for the Chiefs to play Sorensen as a linebacker against lighter personnel groupings — but his run defense isn’t ideal.

When playing the run from inside the box, Sorensen’s size becomes a problem — and his reads become cluttered. He doesn’t have the top-end explosion of a small linebacker or the size of a traditional linebacker. This makes it hard for him to challenge interior gaps by slipping or stacking up blockers. Even when working laterally from the box, he can be sealed off on the back side or slip under a block that takes him out of the play.

These limitations keep Sorensen from playing as a linebacker on any snap with 11 personnel. When he is in space, he does a good job tracking ball carriers — and bringing them down — but when he’s in the box playing the run, Sorensen simply looks like an average safety.
Apex defender

Since Fuller’s injury, there have been increased reps with Mathieu as the nickel cornerback — which often requires Sorensen to be on the field. Most of the time, he’s either in the box or back deep — but from time to time, he does end up as another slot or apex defender.

Here, lined up as an overhang off the edge, Sorensen is first responsible for anything coming into the flat, but also for any receiver that turns to a vertical route after flashing into the flat.

As the running back works outside, Sorensen is reading his hips and starts with a lateral slide — but with the back aiming towards the pylon, he quickly transitions to a shuffle. The flat route isn’t sold well — and the quarterback never sees him — but Sorensen plays the route perfectly by squeezing the running back to the sideline while keeping his eye on the ball.

Sorensen has always been a very opportunistic player. If a ball is lofting through the air in his direction or on the ground near him — or even if a receiver is in a vulnerable position for a big hit — he can take advantage. He shows natural ball skills and the knack for maximizing his opportunities to make plays, which is something that not every player — even a star player — can do.

So if he plays the run well in space and can excel in coverage, why not use Sorensen as a primary apex defender?

The problem is that when he is forced into man coverage against quality tight ends (and most wide receivers) — or when he is picking them up in zone coverage — his unnatural coverage mechanics show up. For a guy who has some of the best short-area quickness and change-of-direction testing on record, his ability to transition in coverage looks very segmented and stiff.

When asked to come downhill and attack a player in front of him — or shuffle/slide in one direction — he is fluid and does it at a good pace. But as soon as it becomes a multi-step process with direction changes and route diagnosis, he looks out of place. The issues are only compounded when he has to press at the line of scrimmage — and it often puts him behind when he’s also struggling to keep up.
Deep half

Another way the Chiefs utilize Sorensen is as a deep safety. While it draws a lot of ire from fans, it may be his single best role.

While Sorensen isn’t being asked to play deep on this play, it highlights the general skill set he displays at reading the field from the deeper alignment — that is, how safely he plays the position.

As he spins down, Sorensen is still able to see much of the field and process the route combination unspooling before him. He squares up to the swing pass — and even shuffles out over the top — but doesn’t commit downhill until the ball is thrown.

We see that same kind of safe play from Sorensen when he’s playing in deep coverage over the top.

It’s the same story against the run. While Sorensen has some issues reading the field when he’s close to the box, when he’s further away, he does a good job taking safe angles and reducing the number of directions the running back can cut.

Whether it’s against the run or pass, Sorensen does a good job staying over the top of potential threats, which reduces the chance for a big play. While this means he makes fewer plays than some other safeties in similar roles, it does serve a purpose.
The bottom line

While fans may have a wide range of opinions about him, Daniel Sorensen has settled into a niche in the Chiefs defense. He may not be stellar in any single area, but his ability to play all three of a safety’s roles at a competent level allows the Chiefs to utilize Tyrann Mathieu in multiple ways.

Furthermore, his ability to operate as a dime linebacker on passing downs will continue to give him snaps — even as the rest of the secondary returns to health. His sure tackling and ability to cover running backs out of the backfield give him an extremely important role — one that could be vital to the Chiefs down the stretch.