While there have been a few outside additions, the Kansas City Chiefs’ goal has been to retain as much of their Super Bowl winning team as possible. They had already picked up the club options of running back Damien Williams and linebacker Damien Wilson. And last night, the Chiefs brought back an important defensive lineman in Mike Pennel. Veteran fullback Anthony Sherman was also re-signed. These moves can be seen as no big deal to other fans. But for the Chiefs, both guys served significant roles last season.
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Big Beast In The Middle
Pennel was not brought in until the middle of the year. Quickly, his addition proved costly in turning the run defense around. The numbers show that Kansas City’s yards per carry allowed were cut nearly in half.
How important was Pennel to the Chiefs defense? In their last loss of the season (Week 10 at Tennessee Titans), he was shockingly made a healthy scratch. The defense struggled to tackle Derrick Henry, and even Ryan Tannehill at times. That quickly helped get Pennel back into the lineup.
He finished with 24 total tackles, two for a loss, one sack and two quarterback hits. Furthermore, Pennel notched seven tackles in the playoffs, with a pass deflection. His biggest play that led to a Super Bowl victory, came on a play where he got to Jimmy Garoppolo and forced a weak pass. Bashaud Breeland intercepted the ball on the play.
Now, the defensive lineman who won a Super Bowl with the team he grew up rooting for is staying home. The Chiefs will get to enjoy his run stuffing ability once again. More importantly, they continue to be successful in retaining part of their Super Bowl core.
Sherman The Sausage
Anthony Sherman, aka the Sausage, is a guy who makes his money without receiving many touches. His run or pass blocking prowess should not go unnoticed. To boot, his ability to play multiple positions on the special teams units is essential.
When need be, the Chiefs will give him opportunities to run on dive attempts in short yardage situations. Sherman has natural hands too. He does not run a lot of routes. Nonetheless, the Chiefs will not totally erase him from the pass options in the playbook.
Sherman is just as impactful for Kansas City off of the field. In Andy Reid‘s time with the Chiefs, the fullback has been one of the top locker room leaders. His words of wisdom have helped lead this team back to the promised land. He will now get to continue this opportunity in his eighth campaign in KC.
Finally, Sherman has become popular with his arrival to team training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri. Every year he arrives in a flamboyant or creative costume. As a result, other teammates have started to follow suit.
Be on the lookout for more Chiefs offseason coverage. Included, will be draft prospect profiles and free agency topics, like this one. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.