Another player joined the Chiefs rotation of safeties Monday afternoon, but the newest face is also the team’s most experienced.
Though Elam received his initial snaps working with the starting defensive unit, he spent the majority of his first practice observing coverage calls and alignments with defensive assistant Otis Smith.
“It was cool getting a chance to get out there and run around and be with the guys,” Elam said following his first on-field workout in Kansas City. “The communication is new, but all in all, it felt like it was a good day.”
The Chiefs have been in the market for a veteran safety since the NFL Draft and have hosted multiple safeties on free agent visits including Elam, Yeremiah Bell and O.J. Atogwe. Bell signed with the Jets on May 19th and Atogwe remains a free agent.
Elam also visited the Titans prior to signing with the Chiefs.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Elam said. “I feel like it’s a team that’s up on the rise and very competitive, a great defense. I think we’re putting things together here in Kansas City.”
Having started 47 of 48 games over the last three seasons in Cleveland and Dallas, Elam will receive an immediate opportunity to audition for a job in Kansas City’s defensive backfield. Both starters from last season,
A number of players thin on experience have rotated at the two safety positions during OTAs. Daniels, a converted cornerback, has gotten the majority of first-team snaps at free safety with rookie free agent
“In the NFL, you have to be interchangeable with the way things motion and guys move around, so I consider myself a safety that can play both spots,” Elam said.
Six different players made starts at safety last season for the Chiefs, but
The Elam signing gives the Chiefs good insurance at the position, but Romeo Crennel’s use of three-safety sets only amplifies the importance of the third safety in Kansas City’s defense. Jon McGraw made 23 starts from 2009-11 primarily serving as the team’s third safety.
“(I’m) a smart player that can go in and play, fit when needed, one that communicates well and trying to take advantage of my opportunities,” Elam answered when asked to describe himself as a player.
Elam is also familiar with several members of the Chiefs secondary from spending a portion of his offseason at the same Florida training facility as Eric Berry and
The Chiefs roster now sits at 89 players including unsigned franchise player
DBs Take The Day
The defensive backfield highlighted Monday’s competitive periods by logging two interceptions off Chiefs quarterbacks.
Travis Daniels notched himself a pick-six when
“When I first got here, it was so fast,” Hartman said. “It was hard to think straight, but now a few weeks into it, it’s starting to slow down and go a little slower pre-snap and everything.”
Baldwin, Menzie and Pitoitua Make Return
Baldwin was a full participant during Monday’s practice.
Rookie S De’Quan Menzie and veteran DE Roptati Pitoitua were back on the field during Monday’s session as well. Menzie, the Chiefs fifth-round draft pick, injured his hamstring during rookie minicamp and had yet to participate in an OTA session. Pitoitua missed about two weeks of work after suffering a calf injury during the first week of OTAs.
In total, the Chiefs had 78 of 89 players participating in Monday’s OTA. DE
Familiar names worked out in the rehab area: OL