Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali impressed with teammate Josh Martin

07/31/2014 2:29 PM

07/31/2014 3:30 PM

The Chiefs used all three rush linebackers — Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and rookie Dee Ford — at the same time in nickel situations on Thursday, and Hali said there’s even more to come.

“Yeah, we have a fourth guy, Josh Martin,” Hali said of the second-year player from Columbia University of the Ivy League. “Putting all of us in there, we all love rushing. Coach (Bob) Sutton is going to be the one to call it, and we just have to have the will and desire to come off the ball and cause havoc in the backfield.”

Hali said he worked out during the off-season with Martin in California.

“We ran sand dunes; the kid is gifted,” Hali said. “He’s very fast, very strong, and very smart. I mean, he went to Columbia. He can do it all. It’s just a matter of opportunity, and getting a chance to rush the passer, and he can prove it.

“That’s the future. Those guys are going to be around for quite a bit. It’s good to be able to work with them. I wish I had the speed Josh has, and I wish I was as strong as Justin, but with the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years, I’m able to pass it on to these guys, and I mean, they can run with it.”

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