Surprise Player Pushing for Roster Spot at OTAs

Former Cowboys CB Kelvin Joseph is turning heads at Chiefs OTAs
Former Cowboys CB Kelvin Joseph is turning heads at Chiefs OTAs / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City opens the second portion of its OTAs (offseason team activities) on Tuesday, giving coaches another look at the roster during optional practices as they evaluate players for the upcoming attempted three-peat.

We've seen some players stand out, but there's one unheralded defensive player seemingly making a push for a roster spot thus far in the offseason.

CB Kelvin Joseph, the Cowboys' second-round pick in 2021, is turning heads after joining the Chiefs in January.

Chiefs Rumors: CB Kelvin Joseph 'Pushing for Roster Spot'

Joseph spent time with the Cowboys, Dolphins, and Seahawks before joining the Chiefs. He's been working with the second-team in practice, though had an impressive interception off Patrick Mahomes during the media portion of last week's OTAs.

Nick Jacobs of KSHB-TV and Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest talked about Joseph's potential to make the roster on their 41 is the Mic podcast, with Jacobs saying Joseph will "push for a roster spot."

"The guy was all over 7-on-7... he had a lot of deflections and was in good position a lot of the times," Jacobs said. "He made that interception on Mahomes." Derrick pointed out that it's a good sign Joseph was on the field with Mahomes, indicating how the coaching staff might ultimately view his role.

It's obviously early and there's a lot of practice left to happen, but coaches typically have Carson Wentz or Chris Oladokun facing backup defenders, if you catch my drift.

Joseph had an excellent 2020 season at Kentucky, intercepting four passes before being taken in the second round. He's struggled to stick at the NFL level, but Brett Veach has a history of finding failed high draft picks and extracting value from them.

Either way, Joseph is a guy I'll be watching closely this week and beyond.

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