Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey has been extremely busy since joining the team in January, and his impact has been enormous. After the busiest offseason in the NFL, the Chiefs have made history as the first team to go 5-0 after losing 14 games in the previous season.
There are a lot of new faces in Kansas City with over half of the roster being turned over, and it’s not just the big names making the difference. Some under the radar signings have come up big for KC as well, particularly additions from Dorsey’s ‘second draft’ back on September 1 in which he picked up seven players who had been dropped by other teams on the preseason’s final cut day.
Last week, I wrote about TE Sean McGrath’s effect on the team, and now another player from the ‘second draft’ is standing out in CB Marcus Cooper. The San Francisco 49ers‘ castoff filled in beautifully for an injured Brandon Flowers in Week 4 against the New York Giants, but really made a name for himself on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
On top of defending three passes in the game, Cooper made two enormous plays that were vital for the Chiefs’ victory over the Titans. In the first quarter, a KC punt bounced off of Titans WR Damian Williams and shot into the end zone. With a crowd of people chasing the ball, Cooper won the race and recovered the ball for a TD.
Then with 6:23 left in the game and the Chiefs trying to hold on to a three-point lead, the rookie out of Rutgers wrestled a pass away from Nate Washington for a clutch interception, helping KC seal the win. After his performance on Sunday, Cooper has officially joined Alex Smith as unwanted 49ers who are very appreciated in Kansas City.