Berry will likely be listed as the Chiefs' free safety, making Jarrad Page a mere afterthought in the team's future plans. Through his agent, Page recently demanded another trade, and it's safe to say that the team has moved on without him.
Meanwhile, during this morning's practice session, the safety lining up alongside Berry was McGraw, clearly making him the frontrunner for the job, at least heading into Friday's pre-season game at Atlanta. Alongside McGraw, Berry showed that he was comfortable, making an interception in 11-on-11 drills.
Whoever it may be, the impact of having several veterans around him has affected the #5 overall pick.
"They've really just taken me up under their wing and have helped all throughout camp," Berry says about his veteran teammates. "This goes all the way back to OTAs and mini-camp. A lot of the guys in the secondary like Jon McGraw and Brandon Flowers have really been helping me in the transition. They just make me feel right at home. They've been giving me that confidence and just telling me to go out there and play football."
Jon McGraw can mentor young safeties.
So maybe it will be McGraw to stand tall next to Berry in the secondary. But there has also been plenty of talk of possibly letting Lewis join Berry at safety. Lewis is also a rookie and many fans are worried that it would be risky to start two players who haven't seen any real NFL action yet.
McGraw isn't exactly a player who will be around for the next ten seasons or so. He's not a long-term solution at safety, while Berry should surely be one. McGraw is a solid player, and it's shown with him earning status as one of the team's captains. However, most of his playmaking has been on special teams, which is why he was the special teams' captain, not necessarily of the entire defense. Regardless, he's one of the most respected players on the team, and that won't change.
Beyond McGraw are several younger players – not seasoned veterans such as him, but still veterans, nonetheless: DaJuan Morgan, Ricky Price, and Reshard Langford.
In effect, the one-two-three order so far for the Chiefs on their list of safeties reads like Berry, McGraw, and Lewis. You could very well flip a coin to decide whether it should be McGraw or Lewis, or even list McGraw as "2A" and Lewis as "2B." From what I've seen so far in St. Joe, the race is that close.
The Chiefs have struggled badly in the past couple of years with their pass defense and hope that Berry will be the remedy to all of their woes. It won't take one guy to erase the agonizing play from the safeties – such as Mike Brown against Miles Austin in 2009 – but the team has to start somewhere. The Chiefs need to find a player other than Berry who can help the secondary become a legitimate threat, and if you ask me, it's Lewis.
Why not start the rookie safeties.
What the heck, why not roll the dice?
The Chiefs are hoping to establish a foundation under Scott Pioli and Todd Haley, and no matter what you build, you have to start somewhere. I can't think of any better place to start than to give the Chiefs a young secondary that can play side-by-side for at least the next four or five years with Berry, Lewis, Carr, and Flowers.
The Chiefs won't necessarily be crazy to start two rookies in the secondary because they just did it a few years ago with Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr. That risky gamble turned out to be worth their while.
In other news concerning Berry, he was "pumped" about the game against the Atlanta Falcons this Friday being that he will be playing in his hometown against the team he grew up watching.