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Chiefs newcomer Kenneth Acker shows focus before he hits the field

Cornerback Kenneth Acker ran with the ball after an interception during a preseason game at Denver earlier this month.
Cornerback Kenneth Acker ran with the ball after an interception during a preseason game at Denver earlier this month. The Associated Press

Monday was Kenneth Acker’s first day at the Chiefs’ facilities and he hadn’t hit the practice field before chatting with reporters. It was too early even for first impressions about the team.

But the Chiefs have to be impressed with Acker’s focus when it comes to possible distractions.

On Friday, Acker was a San Francisco 49er, and that team made news before its game that night when quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a conscientious objector to the national anthem. Kaepernick decided to sit it out, which created a stir over the weekend.

When asked about it, Acker said his attention was elsewhere during the Star-Spangled Banner.

“I was actually facing the flag, had my right hand over (my heart), looking up, so I didn’t know,” Acker said.

What Acker does know is he has an opportunity with the Chiefs, who announced the deal on Saturday after their victory over the Bears. The Chiefs sought cornerback depth and Acker will get a shot to contribute to a unit that is solid on the left side with Marcus Peters but uncertain on the right side.

Three players have started at right cornerback in three preseason games. Phillip Gaines, coming off knee surgery last season, saw his first action on Saturday. Also in the mix are Steven Nelson, Marcus Cooper and rookies KeiVarae Russell and D.J. White.

Now Acker, a sixth-round draft pick from SMU in 2014 who started 13 games for the 49ers last season, is part of the depth chart.

“You’ve got to get acclimated pretty fast,” Acker said.

Special teams could help Acker, listed by the Chiefs at 6-foot, 195 pounds, make the adjustment quicker.

“I’m not a person who shies away from special teams,” Acker said. “That’s where I can stick my head in faster because you don’t have to learn as much on the scheme side.”

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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