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Two Surprise Players of the 2017 Chiefs Preseason

Keep an eye on these guys for the next few weeks

Mike Welch
August 17, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Edge rushers are the name of the game in today’s NFL, and it looks like the Chiefs will have some tough decisions to make about their edge rushers when it comes to the final roster.

Two Outside Linebackers you may have never heard about put up solid performances against the 49ers last Friday night according to Pro Football Focus:

We all know about Frank Zombo (who played 44% of the defensive snaps in 2016 for KC), but the other two names might be new to you.

#54 Marcus Rush vs. 49ers: 3 Tackles 1 Sack 1 PDef

Marcus Rush played at Michigan State, and the Chiefs are his 3rd NFL team since being signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Rush passed the eye test in the Chiefs first preseason game as a pass-rusher. It isn’t the first time Rush has had success in preseason, leading the NFL with six sacks in the 2016 preseason. 49ers fans and media were even surprised Rush didn’t make the team. For a Chiefs squad where the pass-rush is only as good as the shaky health statuses of Justin Houston and Dee Ford, depth will be needed and Marcus Rush could have a real shot to make the team.

#44 Earl Okine vs. 49ers: 4 Tackles 1 Sack

Earl Okine played at Florida, and the Chiefs are his 3rd NFL team since being signed by the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Okine was added to the Chiefs practice squad in September of 2016 after playing in 5 regular season games for the Colts in 2015. Okine has been all over through his career. The CFL, the AFL, something called the FXFL, but this is the NFL and the book is never fully written on a player until he retires. Earl Okine looks like a strong athlete, and at 6’6 290 lbs., I have a 0% chance of telling Earl to his face he won’t make the team. Keep an eye on him.

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