(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- When the Chiefs traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick, the expectation was that Fuller was joining All-Pro corner Marcus Peters and safety Eric Berry.
Fast forward to training camp now, Peters is with the Los Angeles Rams, Berry is coming back from an injury, and Fuller is ready to shed the idea that he's just a slot guy.
The Chiefs traded for Kendall Fuller in the offseason. Kansas City sent Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for Fuller and a 3rd-round pick.
"When I got to (Virginia) Tech, it wasn't about slot, outside, even safety," Fuller said. We had to learn how to be a DB. Once we get to the NFL then they start to talk about slot or outside. I think it's the same skill set, it's just different area of the field. Truth be told I felt more comfortable at corner. That's what I came in as, a corner. I definitely think I can step out there."
During the first day of camp, Fuller lined up in slot coverage, but head coach Andy Reid said he'll play some corner, too.
“Yes, he did some of that today. We have a couple of different looks we can throw at you and he is one of them," Reid said. He has been pretty good at that. That’s what he had done the last year or so. He’s comfortable in there and he plays corner for us too. Bob (Sutton) mixes guys up and moves people around and uses everyone.”
Fuller recorded 55 tackles and four interceptions in 2017 for the Redskins. He joins a secondary which was ranked 27th in pass yards per game in 2017. One big key for Fuller and the secondary will be the return of Berry.
“EB, he’s all about football," Fuller said. "I think that’s one thing I notice the most. I remember when I first got here he asked me if I had a girlfriend, asked me if I had kids. I think the reason for doing that was let’s see how focused he’s going to be on football. So, when you get a guy like that you just want to learn from him. To win the Super Bowl, one thing my brother always preached to us was the season is only 16 weeks so those 16 weeks you have to focus and be all in. “