One young player who has impressed the Chiefs throughout the preseason is rookie outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas. He recorded seven tackles and a team-high three sacks in four games.
Nicolas, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound sixth-rounder from Virginia Tech, still needs to improve his awareness and coverage ability, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not rule out Nicolas playing some sort of role this year on the 53-man roster.
“I think you’re right on when you say a limited role potentially,” Reid said. “He’s just learning this, but he has some natural ability when rushing the passer. He didn’t do a bad job on special teams yesterday either. That would be something where he would have to excel to be activated on game day and or even make the team.”
Nicolas injured his neck in the Chiefs’ final preseason game Thursday against Green Bay, and while Reid did not reveal the results of Nicolas’ resulting MRI, he did answer when asked if he thinks the injury might keep Nicolas out for an extended period of time.
“No, I don’t,” Reid said.