Kansas City Chiefs: Daniel Sorensen

Here we'll continue a series looking at four unheralded players who have a reasonable shot to make the Kansas City Chiefs' regular-season roster with a strong showing at training camp.

SS Daniel Sorensen

How acquired: Undrafted free agent, 2014.

Looking ahead: At 6-2 and 208 pounds, Sorensen at the very least looks the part. The Chiefs will learn at training camp whether he can handle the physical part of the game. If he can, Sorensen will earn a roster spot. During offseason practice he showed nice instincts and a habit of usually being around the ball in the passing game. Other than Sanders Commings, the Chiefs have no other obvious candidate to win a spot as a backup safety.

Possible role: Playing time on defense will be minimal at best as long as the Chiefs have Eric Berry as their strong safety. But if he earns a roster spot Sorensen could be a regular on special teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some observations from Kansas City Chiefs' practice:
  • Depth at slot receiver has been eroded. Weston Dressler was the latest casualty when he pulled up after a play and grabbed his left leg. Dressler injured his hamstring and didn't return to practice. He might not return before offseason practice concludes with next week's three-day mini-camp. Other top slot receiver candidates who haven't been working recently include Junior Hemingway (illness), Kyle Williams (rehabbing after last year's ACL surgery) and rookie De'Anthony Thomas (ineligible under NFL rules to begin practice until next week). Frankie Hammond Jr., who spent all of last season on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie, has been getting a lot of the work and making the most of it.
  • Running back Jamaal Charles was absent from practice for personal reasons.
  • Cornerback Sean Smith is still running second-team because of his demotion for his recent DUI. But Smith had a pair of interceptions in a 7-on-7 drill. He picked off a pass from Chase Daniel that was deflected by tight end Richard Gordon. Smith intercepted another pass when Tyler Bray was late with a throw intended for Darryl Surgent.
  • Dwayne Bowe had the catch of the day when he hauled in a pass from Alex Smith despite good coverage by Ron Parker, who is Sean Smith's replacement. Parker was in position to make the interception but didn't adjust to the ball and left a small opening for Bowe to make the catch. Parker got even two plays later when he broke up a Smith pass, also intended for Bowe.
  • Safety Daniel Sorensen, an undrafted rookie, showed great instincts when he got a great jump on a Daniel throw intended for tight end Sean McGrath to make an interception.