Willie Gay Jr. has the talent to bolster the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense
The Kansas City Chiefs have largely been known for their offense over the past few years. That’s not a shocker considering how good the offense has been. Head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy have helped the Chiefs’ offense become stellar since they’ve been in Kansas City.
But, it’s worth noting that Kansas City’s defense has also been very solid at times during Reid’s time as a head coach, including for much of last season. And heading into this season, the Chiefs are developing a young, talented linebacker who showed plenty of promise last season.
Willie Gay Jr., when he had the opportunities to do so last season, showed just how good he can be.
Gay, who was drafted out of Mississippi State, had a decent rookie season for Kansas City in 2020. The 23-year-old Starkville, Mississippi native had a total of 39 combined tackles in the regular season last year.
He made an impact, playing on both special teams and on defense.
Now, going into 2021, the 6-1, 243 pound linebacker has an opportunity to step up for the Kansas City Chiefs this season.
It looks like he can do just that. In training camp, the young linebacker showed some athleticism and ability to read Patrick Mahomes during a 7-on-7 drill. Check out this interception he snagged, as shared on Twitter by KSHB 41’s Aaron Ladd:
Now, Gay is recovering from a concussion. As of writing this, it’s not really clear what the timeframe for his recovery and return looks like. But, should he come back without any issues, Gay will have a chance to do some damage for the Kansas City Chiefs this season.