Chiefs safety Eric Berry is getting more comfortable as his role expands
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has had a tumultuous career.
The 29-year-old stamped his name among the best defensive backs in the league early on his tenure, but a bevy of injuries and a battle with cancer have stunted his career as a whole.
Back in 2011, his second season in the league, Berry was limited to just one game as a result of a torn ACL. Then, in December 2014, Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Fortunately, Berry beat the disease and returned to the field in 2015, winning Comeback Player of the Year.
But, two years later, Berry ruptured his Achilles in the Chiefs’ season opener, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2017 campaign and most of the this season.
“I thought he brought a lot of energy,” said Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. “I thought he was very aggressive. One of the things you really notice with him on the field is the physicality that he brings to the defense. Some of them aren’t big plays, but all of a sudden a hole’s being stuffed up differently. I thought he played real aggressively. There’s some things he’s got to do better obviously, just being out there. He got in about 30 snaps or something and that’s about as many as we would hope for. He played and he came out of it pretty good. Hopefully he can keep going.”
Berry was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and the five-time Pro Bowler says he felt pretty good.
“Feeling pretty good,” Berry said of practicing. “Just want to clean myself up on the few looks that I’ve seen. Keep getting the chemistry down with the defense. It’s been fun though.”
The Chiefs will take on the Seattle Seahawks this weekend.