The Chiefs signed unrestricted free agent WR
Improvements across the board can be tough to discover for a four-win team, but Kansas City’s special teams were the exception in 2009. There is a long list of marked improvements, highlighted by a move from 29th (2008) to 12th (2009) in Rick Gosselin’s coveted NFL special teams rankings. Kansas City’s 17-spot jump marked the fourth-highest of any team in the league.
Copper didn’t see considerable offensive snaps in 2009, but when he did get on the field he produced. The special teams units are where Copper made his living, covering nearly every kick and blocking for nearly every special teams protection scheme a year ago. His 16 special teams tackles ranked second on the team behind rookie LB
With Copper spearheading most of the specialty units, the Chiefs finished 2009 ranked among the NFL’s top-10 in eight key special teams categories. Specifically, the Chiefs tallied a league-high 22 downed punts in 2009 and placed fourth in net punting average (40.8 yards per punt). Copper was there for it all.
When it comes to a player performing the specific role asked of him by the coaching staff, there aren’t many players that produce much better than Copper. Representing Kansas City’s first unrestricted free agent signee of 2010, Copper’s 2009 role is obviously needed for another season.
The Chiefs also re-signed RB
Offensively, Battle carried a similar role to the one in which
Kansas City’s signing count currently stands at two since the league calender turned over on Friday morning. There will be more to come.