One of the most interesting competitions that should develop at training camp is at one inside linebacker position, the spot next to Derrick Johnson. For now, veteran Akeem Jordan is the starter. Jordan was a part-time starter for Andy Reid the last few years with the Eagles, and dont discount that experience as a factor when the Chiefs make a decision who will start in the Sept. 8 opener against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
But also dont underestimate what the Chiefs think of rookie Nico Johnson, a fourth-round draft pick from Alabama. Johnson was used mostly on run downs in college, so he needs to learn to play in pass coverage. But already, Johnson has the look of a quick-study.
The transition has been kind of easy, being able to play under Coach Saban the past four years, Johnson said, referring to Alabama coach Nick Saban. The terminology is a little different. Thats kind of what Im struggling with now, but Im learning as I go, but each and every day is getting easier and easier.
Working alongside Derrick Johnson, a consummate pro, wont hurt Nico Johnson, either.
Hes really the first player out of the Chiefs roster to hit me up on Twitter and just tell me congratulations and that its time to get to work, Nico Johnson said. I felt that as motivation to want to go out and do my best and show them Im willing to work.
Hes been in that situation before. Hes just trying to keep me and the other linebackers motivated to get better every day. I understand youre going to make mistakes and just keep moving forward and getting ready for camp.