Akeem Jordan gets first chance to start along side Derrick Johnson on Chiefs’ defense
Date 2013/5/14 19:46:29 | Topic: Sports
|According to the Kansas City Star, it appears as if free agent Akeem Jordan will get first crack at the vacant inside linebacker position in the Chiefs defense.|
Jordan played alongside Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson with the first-unit defense Tuesday when the Chiefs conducted their first full-squad practice of the off season.
Jordan, a seven-year veteran, is making the transition to a 3-4 defense from the 4-3 in Philadelphia, where he appeared in 82 games, including 34 starts, at all three spots during 2007-12.
“The thing you get with Akeem is he’s a smart football player,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He hasn’t played in the 34, but he gives you the trust that he can do that. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. And he’s a phenomenal special-teams player, so you get both those things. You’re going to get a guy who doesn’t make mistakes on the field as a linebacker, and you get something special on special teams.”
Another veteran free agent, Zac Diles, and fourth-round draft pick Nico Johnson of Alabama, played inside linebacker with the second unit and will compete for the spot formerly occupied by the late Jovan Belcher.