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Eric Berry’s vocal leadership makes an impression on Chiefs rookie Phillip Gaines

Younger players are seeking advice from Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry, pictured at the team’s June minicamp.
Younger players are seeking advice from Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry, pictured at the team’s June minicamp. The Kansas City Star

Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines was asked Sunday which player is taking the biggest leadership role in the secondary.

“I would definitely say EB (Eric Berry),” Gaines said. “I love watching him because not only is he just a really good athlete, he really understands the game, and that’s what makes him excel so much. If you combine those two – being a really good athlete and knowing the game, then that’s when you get the best player.”

Gaines said he often seeks out the 25-year-old Berry, a two-time Pro Bowler, for advice, though he's not the only one.

“I always go ask him questions like ‘how do you get out of your t-step faster, how do you speed turn faster?’” Gaines said. “And then all of the players, really, (Husain) Abdullah, he’s a really good person to talk to, I talk to him a lot. Anybody who has a voice can talk, that’s the good thing about our group; no one feels like they’re ahead of anybody or anything like that so we all talk and so it’s just a really nice group.”

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