Dec 29, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Rice Owls cornerback Phillip Gaines (15) celebrates making a tackle against Air Force Falcons wide receiver Ty MacArthur (27) in the Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Rice beat Air Force 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Phillip Gaines

The NFL regular season is right around the corner and with that, KC Kingdom is providing you with a player profile up until week one kick off. Today’s featured player is cornerback Phillip Gaines.

How did Phillip Gaines become a Kansas City Chief?

Gaines was drafted by Kansas City in the third round of this year’s draft. He played college football at Rice for five seasons before entering the draft.

2013 stats

Obviously Gaines doesn’t have any NFL stats, but let’s take a look at what he did in his final year at Rice. I’ll let Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com do the talking.

“In 2013, [Gaines] started 13 times at RCB and recorded 36 tackles, nine pass breakups and four INTs with four tackles for loss. Was suspended for the season opener for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Set a school record with his 38 career pass breakups.”

Aside from the suspended part, Gaines had himself a decent season. Let’s hope whatever he got suspended for doesn’t follow him to the NFL and that he can just come in and play hard.

Overall

There’s been a lot going on with the cornerbacks in Kansas City. First, Sean Smith was arrested on Monday night, which caused commotion (rightfully so). Smith was demoted to the second team and Ron Parker was bumped up in his place.

Second, Brandon Flowers was released by the Chiefs on Friday afternoon. With Flowers gone, that more than likely will promote Marcus Cooper, or Chris Owens, to the starting corner.

Gaines probably won’t start in 2014, but he should definitely see a fair amount of playing time. The Chiefs’ secondary was burned in the second half of 2013, so let’s hope that Gaines can come in and show that he has what it takes to be a solid corner in the NFL. Kansas City could desperately use the help this season, especially with Flowers gone now.

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