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Chiefs Camp: Former First-Team Safety A Name To Watch?

Which players should Chiefs fans be watching in training camp and preseason? Here are three names to watch ahead of next week’s training camp.

As training camp kicks off for the Chiefs next week, we are one step closer to the start of the 2022 season. It seems like forever since Kansas City’s crushing defeat to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

The team’s training camp kicks off on July 27 and will wrap up on August 18. Closely tied to training camp is the preseason, which includes three games this season on August 13, 20, and 25. As training camp kicks off and the preseason follows close behind, many new faces will be looking to make their mark on the Chiefs’ roster and cement a place on the team for the 2022 season.

Here are a few names to watch throughout the team’s training camp.

Skyy Moore, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Skyy Moore was the team’s third overall selection, in the second round, of this year’s NFL Draft. At pick 54, it was the highest the team has drafted a wide receiver since they drafted Jonathan Baldwin in 2011. The media hype has grown slowly since Moore joined the team.

He has been working with Patrick Mahomes in Texas this offseason, alongside his fellow wideouts.

Throwing sessions in Texas are officially underway for #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and some of his teammates. Here is a little taste shared by @bobbystroupe on Instagram featuring Mahomes throwing to rookie WR Skyy Moore (plus a Shane Buechele cameo). — Charles Goldman (@goldmctNFL) June 28, 2022

Moore should get plenty of chances in training camp and preseason to prove his abilities and earn a consistent share of snaps in his rookie season. It can take time for rookie wide receivers to catch on in the NFL and make their place. Showing his abilities in camp will be crucial for Moore.

As a rookie, Mecole Hardman played over 60% of the offensive snaps in each of his first five career games. As the season progressed, that number dwindled to an average of 30% by the end of the regular season. It’s unclear whether Moore will get the same chance that Hardman did as a rookie, especially with seemingly three veteran wide receivers ahead of him in Hardman, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Valdez-Scantling. Training camp will be a good example of what Moore’s role may be.

Jermaine Carter, LB, Kansas City Chiefs

Jermaine Carter seems like the forgotten signing of the Chiefs’ offseason. Carter was a big name this offseason and was targetted by multiple teams before he eventually signed with Kansas City on a one-year, $1.7 million contract. Although the money points to a depth role for Carter, he could prove vital in turning around a defensive unit that hasn’t ranked top ten in yards allowed since 2015.

The Chiefs ranked 31st in yards allowed per rushing attempt last season. They ranked 17th in that regard last season, 29th in 2019, and 31st in 2018. If Kansas City wants to truly turn around the defensive woes, it starts with stopping the running game. This is where Jermaine Carter comes in.

The #Chiefs newest LB Jermaine Carter Jr. started all 17 games for the Panthers, playing the third-most total snaps on the unit in 2021 He has good vision in run D as an off-ball LB, and relies a lot on slipping/ducking around blocks to make his tackles #Chiefs — Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) March 28, 2022

Carter is an excellent tackler who shows a strong ability in pursuit as a linebacker. With the drafting of Leo Chenal, it seems as if the Chiefs’ starting linebackers will be Chenal, Willie Gay Jr., and Nick Bolton. However, I wouldn’t be so quick to discount Carter. In his first season starting all 17 games last season, Carter finished with 88 tackles for the Panthers. Those 88 tackles last season would’ve ranked second on the Chiefs, behind only Nick Bolton (112).

Training Camp will be the first glimpse of where Carter fits into the defensive puzzle for Kansas City. The depth of the defense looks to be the strongest of any defense we’ve seen from the Chiefs in the Spagnuolo era. Carter contributes to that depth next season, but depending on his showing in camp, could be in for a much greater role.

After all, this is a very young linebacker corps for the Chiefs and it’s possible they look to rely on the veteran early instead of throwing Leo Chenal to the wolves. Training Camp will tell which linebacker figures to get the bulk of the snaps as the season kicks off.

Bryan Cook, S, Kansas City Chiefs

Bryan Cook hasn’t received a ton of attention after being drafted by Kansas City in the second round of the draft. He was drafted after Skyy Moore but before Leo Chenal. According to Chad Reuter of, Cook “became one of the best safeties in the country in 2021, earning first-team American Athletic Conference honors (93 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two interceptions, nine pass breakups in 14 starts) while also receiving second-team Academic All-American notice from sports information directors.”

Bryan Cook … oh my #Chiefs — Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) April 30, 2022

Cook is a name to watch in camp simply to see what his role will be within Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The two starting safety positions are seemingly decided, with Juan Thornhill and the newly acquired Justin Reid. The most likely answer for Cook is a replacement for Daniel Sorensen’s former role within the defense. As a plus tackler, he has all the tools to succeed in that role.

However, the team also acquired safety Deon Bush this offseason. Bush is a sixth-year veteran and joins Kansas City after playing his first five seasons in Chicago. The edge likely goes to Cook, who was one of the best safeties entering the NFL Draft. Bush, who has just 12 career starts, will compete with the rookie for a more significant chance within the Chiefs’ defense. The competition between the two will be one to watch in camp.

If Cook can truly become a defensive enforcer, the depth within the defense will be the best we’ve seen in nearly a decade. If Brett Veach’s goal this offseason was to re-make the defense, he’s done that and more.

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