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Eric Berry | Defensive Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
College: Tennessee
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Chiefs SS Eric Berry has been working on improving his technique in pass coverage this offseason.
Berry was used as an in-the-box safety last year, but the Chiefs could ask him to take on a bigger role in pass coverage after moving on from FS Kendrick Lewis. Kansas City currently has just Sanders Commings and Husain Abdullah as candidates to start opposite Berry. "I’m pretty much ready for whatever comes my way," Berry said. "I feel like I can handle it (free safety)." Apr 26 - 5:46 PM

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ESPN Chiefs blogger Adam Teicher considers Eric Berry a candidate for a contract extension.

The Chiefs are facing cap issues and could look to reduce Berry's $8.42 million base salary by extending him to a long-term deal. Berry graded out as the No. 3 safety by Pro Football Focus last year and is signed through the 2015 season.
Feb 22 - 10:21 PM

The Kansas City Star doesn't expect the Chiefs to consider moving Eric Berry to free safety.

Berry was used exclusively as an in-the-box safety this season. He also plays linebacker in dime packages and would be a questionable fit as a free safety in DC Bob Sutton's press-man scheme. Fifth-round pick Sanders Commings is a candidate to replace FS Kendrick Lewis this offseason. The Chiefs will also look to upgrade their secondary through the draft and free agency.
Jan 25 - 9:06 PM

The Chiefs are using SS Eric Berry at strong safety in their base defense and linebacker in dime packages.

He's a blitzing safety or linebacker type in the nickel. The Kansas City Star suggests Berry could rank among the Chiefs' leaders in both tackles and sacks, which would be very nice for his IDP value. Further removed from his 2011 major knee injury, Berry is a breakout candidate under new coordinator Bob Sutton. Sutton has coached far less talented safeties to huge statistical years.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Coach Romeo Crennel notes that SS Eric Berry is finally back to pre-injury form over the past few weeks.

"You look at the game that he played last week and you feel pretty good about where he is," said Crennel. "He was around the football, all over the field, got his hands on balls." Berry was routinely roasted by tight ends as he was making his way back from ACL surgery early in the season. It's good to see that he's finally back on track.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry acknowledged that he hasn't been himself this season because it's "like my rookie year all over again."

Berry insists he's "very close" to regaining top form after a 2011 ACL tear, but he's struggled mightily in pass coverage. "A lot of people don’t realize when you have a knee injury, that you’re away from the game for a whole year," said Berry. "You might be back there physically or mentally, but at the same time, this was like my rookie year all over again because I lost all my game experience." Look for Berry to match up with Heath Miller on Monday night.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 02:30:00 PM

Matt Williamson of Scout Inc. said Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ACL) "doesn’t look like the same guy as when he entered the NFL."

Berry is now 13 months removed from his ACL tear, but doesn't have his full movement skills back. "I think teams are targeting him," Williamson said. "He just isn't moving as explosively or crisply. He also isn't showing up in big on tape in other facets." Through six weeks, the Chiefs are giving up an unruly 30.5 points per game.
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 09:01:00 AM

Appearing on Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday, Chiefs SS Eric Berry declared himself 100 percent recovered from last year's torn left ACL.

Berry suffered the injury in Week 1 of last season, so he'll be just about a full year removed by the start of the 2012 campaign. Though Berry was held out of OTAs and minicamps, his absence was purely precautionary and he's not expected to be eased into training camp. As a rookie in 2010, Berry amassed 92 tackles (77 solo), two sacks, and four interceptions across 16 starts.
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 03:55:00 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry (torn ACL) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp.

The Chiefs were on record as expecting a "full football return" for Berry by the beginning of camp, but this is the first time the phrase "100 percent" has been bandied about. Berry has progressed without setbacks since tearing his left ACL in Week 1 last season, and might even get in some work at the Chiefs' June minicamp.
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 11:40:00 AM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry told WHB Kansas City on Thursday that his surgically repaired knee "feels great."

Berry tore his left ACL on September 11, 2011. "I’m doing very good," he said. "I'm actually down in Florida training with my trainer, so everything’s looking good. Been doing a lot of drills, lot of working out, lot of weights. Just trying to make sure I’m ready to go this season." The Chiefs expect Berry to make a "full football return" before training camp starts in late July.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 01:33:00 PM

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli expects SS Eric Berry (torn ACL) to make a "full football return" before the start of training camp.

Updates on Berry's progress have been few and far between since he tore up his knee in Week 1 last season, but he's joined teammates Jamaal Charles (torn ACL) and Tony Moeaki (torn ACL) in being forecasted to be ready for the beginning of camp. It's possible Berry will even get in some work at Chiefs OTAs. Barring a setback, he'll be all systems go for Week 1 in 2012.
Sat, Feb 25, 2012 09:32:00 AM

Chiefs placed SS Eric Berry on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

It's a huge blow for a Chiefs team that challenged the Colts for Week 1's worst performance. Berry was a rock as a rookie last season, playing 100 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps while notching 92 tackles and four interceptions. Jon McGraw took his place in the secondary on Sunday, and is the favorite to start alongside FS Kendrick Lewis against the Lions in Week 2. Berry's loss will affect Kansas City's run and pass defense. He was particularly terrific in run support, and a playmaker on the ball.
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 02:35:00 PM

According to the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs are concerned that SS Eric Berry's Week 1 knee injury "could be serious."

We suspect the Star wouldn't file a report like this unless it had information that Berry's going to miss time. Writes beat reporter Kent Babb, "there was concern inside the locker room that the injury could be serious." Berry had to be helped off the field in the first half Sunday, and did not return.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 07:01:00 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry was forced from Sunday's opener with a knee injury.

His return is questionable, though it's unlikely the Chiefs will take any chances with their second-year safety after he was forced to the sideline twice. He's been replaced by Jon McGraw.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 01:41:00 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry concedes that his body was "just through" after playing all 1,065 defensive snaps and roughly half of the Chiefs' 468 special teams plays last season.

"If we had another game, I would have made it and I would have been ready," Berry said. "But I have to tell you this: When the season was over, I didn't do anything for about a month." The hope is that fourth-round DB Jalil Brown will take over the majority of Berry's special teams snaps, allowing him to concentrate on defense in 2011.
Thu, May 19, 2011 04:20:00 PM

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