Last season, Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill was one of the best defensive rookies in the entire league. That was, until he tore his ACL in Week 17, which kept him out of their entire Super Bowl run. This season, he’ll take a big leap and become one of the top defensive backs in the AFC.
With the departure of Kendall Fuller this offseason, Thornhill will take on a larger role in the season in the Chiefs secondary. Teaming up with Tyrann Mathieu, the Chiefs will have one of the strongest safety duos in the entire league.
Last season, Thornhill was selected to PFF’s All-Rookie team. As it stands, it looks like the Chiefs got a bargain in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Luckily for the Chiefs, Thornhill is likely to make a full recovery from his ACL injury and be ready for Week 1 of the 2020 season. He will instantly become a huge part of their defense, which had great success down the stretch last season. In the last seven games of the season, the Chiefs opponents averaged a mere 11.5 points per contest.
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One place where the Chiefs defense is lacking is at cornerback. Currently, the two starting corners for KC are Chavarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland, who have a lot to prove heading into the 2020 season. Breeland is also facing multiple drug charges and could easily be cut prior to the start of the season.
This means that the safeties are going to have a lot of responsibility in 2020. Expect Thornhill to take on that role and thrive under pressure.