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Chiefs general manager John Dorsey says Justin March was the surprise of camp

Linebacker Justin March took a breather during Chiefs practice on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in St. Joseph.
Linebacker Justin March took a breather during Chiefs practice on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in St. Joseph. kmyers@kcstar.com

Undrafted rookie inside linebacker Justin March only appeared in one preseason game with the Chiefs before he underwent season-ending surgery for a torn meniscus, but that was all the time March needed to catch the eye of general manager John Dorsey.

When asked Monday for his surprise of camp, Dorsey said it was the 6-foot, 230-pounder from Akron, who recorded four tackles in the Chiefs’ preseason appearance against Arizona.

“It would probably be Justin March,” Dorsey said. “I love the kid. He’s tenacious ... he demonstrated everything you wanted to see.

“His ability to play special teams, he picked up the defense very quickly, he’s innately tough, he’s smart. So that’s the guy I was cheering for.”

March racked up 72 tackles (six for loss) and two sacks as a senior at Akron. In training camp, he also caught the eye of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who said March has “very good instincts” and “has had his hands on a lot of footballs for the limited plays” he was in.

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