2. Mike Edwards
With Nick Bolton and Jaylen Watson out last night and a number of other defensive players banged up, Mike Edwards came out to play.
The fifth-year safety, who spent his entire career in Tampa Bay before coming to Kansas City this offseason on a one-year deal, was everywhere on Sunday Night Football. He finished with four tackles, a sack and a pass deflection while making timely plays all night to help propel the Chiefs to victory.
Steve Spagnuolo wasn’t afraid to utilize Edwards in a variety of ways and it’s clear Kansas City can depend on his versatility. He tallied an interception last week against the Bears, so he’s stringing along solid performances and looks like another feather in Brett Veach’s cap.
He played only 44% of the snaps, but Edwards clearly showed he’s deserving of more time moving forward. The Chiefs are crowded in the secondary, though Spagnuolo could always use a Swiss army knife back there. I think we’ll see more Edwards these next few weeks, especially against stronger passing attacks than we’ve seen the last two weeks.
It’s easy to imagine L’Jarius Sneed and Edwards driving offensive coordinators mad with well-timed blitzes and disguises, so keep an eye on those kinds of wrinkles moving forward.