The Chiefs have retained one of their best special-teams players, re-signing cornerback Jamell Fleming, a source told The Star on Friday.
Fleming, 26, recorded 21 tackles and five pass deflections in 16 games last season. The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder also contributed on defense, earning 157 defensive snaps.
Of those snaps, 110 came as the Chiefs’ nickel back during the first two games of the season, when starter Sean Smith was sitting out due to a suspension. Over the rest of the season, Fleming’s primary contribution was on special teams, were he regularly worked on the Chiefs’ kickoff, kickoff-return, field-goal block, punt-return and punt-coverage units.
In particular, Fleming earned praise from special teams coach Dave Toub for his work as a gunner on the punt-coverage unit, which has consistently been one of the league’s best in recent years.
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“Combined with (punter Dustin) Colquitt hanging the ball up and putting it down on the 5 (yard line), Fleming is there, too, if the ball isn’t a fair catch,” Toub said during the season. “He’s been consistent this year as far as beating corners in one-on-one.”