No. 8: Willie Gay Jr. has shown that he is talented and could have a very promising future
As good as Kansas City’s offense happens to be, it never hurts to be able to have a good defense backing you up. It’s always a good thing to be able to balance a ridiculously good offense with having a talented defense. I can’t think of anyone who would complain about their team’s defense being solid while also having a great offense.
So that’s why it’s important to have talented, young linebackers like Willie Gay Jr., who is heading into his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gay, who played for the Mississippi State Bulldogs prior to being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, will have the perfect opportunity to have a breakthrough season this year. Now, let’s be clear, his rookie year was a pretty decent one for a rookie, but his second season in the NFL has potential to be pretty special.
Gay played in 16 games in 2020, but he didn’t get much playing time or a ton of starts as the Kansas City Chiefs had to wrestle with a variety of injury issues at times throughout the season. But, Gay did get eight starts and, in his first season, Gay totaled 39 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and one sack.
That’s not an incredibly productive season, but it’s not bad for a rookie who didn’t get much playing time. And now, assuming he can stay healthy this season, Gay will continue to have opportunities to prove that he can be solid moving forward.