With the team less than a month away from heading to St. Joseph for their much anticipated home coming of sorts, General Manager Scott Pioli backed up his strong draft by quickly signing fifth round safety Kendrick Lewis.
What does the pre-July signing mean for the Chiefs? It probably spells the end of Jarrad Page in a Kansas City uniform and could be the beginning of a safety tandem that could play for the Chiefs the next five seasons.
Lewis has quickly climbed up the depth chart and could open the season as a starter next the much heralded Eric Berry, the Chiefs first round draft pick.
Many fans were left scratching their heads when he was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round. Some NFL scouts had him as one of the most coveted safeties in the draft. Others had him as an undrafted free agent.
Both factions were wrong. Lewis has the skills to make the jump to the NFL. And there is a distinct advantage for the development of this defense to garner bigger plays from the secondary with Lewis and Berry learning their positions together.
On the other hand, they are going to make mistakes. Lots of them. But that's something that new Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel can live with in 2010. There isn't any question that this defense is going to be better at the back end this season.
And if the front seven can indeed step up their game, put pressure on the quarterback, than opposing quarterbacks may not be so willing to chuck the ball down the field when they are under fire.
All in all the signing of Lewis makes a statement as to how valuable he is going to be the Chiefs. He may not know it but he just received a big vote of confidence.
What he does with this opportunity is up to him.
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