Chiefs safety Morgan can't get off the field

August, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- DaJuan Morgan noticed that he had been on the field often during the Chiefs' training camp.

And then he saw the figures. Heading into this week's practices, Morgan, Kansas City's third third-round pick, was on the field 150 snaps more than anybody else on the Kansas City defense during camp. Morgan, a North Carolina State product, has been playing with the first-, second- and third-team defenses.

"That is a lot of plays," Morgan said Tuesday. "But I'm not complaining. I love the work."

And the Chiefs love what they see. They believe they had an outstanding draft and they expect eight or none rookies to play major roles. Morgan might play as big a role as any, at safety.

The Chiefs have long had their eye on Morgan. Last year while studying pre-draft tape of 2007 third-round draft pick Tank Tyler, coach Herman Edwards kept noticing the young safety.

"We've liked this kid a long time," Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "We've been really watching him."

And Morgan has been watching the Chiefs. Last summer, while preparing for his final college season, Morgan was captivated by HBO's Hard Knocks, which chronicled the 2007 Chiefs camp.

"I knew then I wanted to be a Chief and play for coach Herm," Morgan said. "Coach Herm's style is perfect for players. I'm glad I'm here."

Even after all of the extra practice reps.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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