Eric Berry struggling to regain form

October, 18, 2012
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There is no doubt Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles is at full strength after tearing his ACL last year. Charles is leading the NFL in rushing with 591 yards.

However, the Chiefs’ other star who is coming off an ACL injury is having more difficult time coming back. Safety Eric Berry tore his ACL in Week 1 in 2011. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2010 draft had a brilliant rookie season. Yet, he has struggled to come back so far.

“He doesn’t look like the same guy as when he entered the NFL,” Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said. “It really has stood out as a coverage player and I think teams are targeting him. He just isn’t moving as explosively or crisply. He also isn’t showing up in big on tape in other facets.”

However, Williamson doesn’t think Berry has suddenly lost his ability. The scout thinks Berry will eventually regain his health.

“I think he had special movement skills before,” Williamson said. “Can he get those back? I would expect it to happen.”

Tight end Tony Moeaki is the Chiefs’ other standout who is coming back from a torn ACL. Moeaki, who had 47 catches as a rookie in 2010, has 10 catches this season. Williamson thinks it more of a factor of the Chiefs’ malaise in the passing game than Moeaki being unhealthy.

The big focus is on Berry and I’d think, he will shake off the rust at some point and resume his promising career.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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