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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Notches first INT of 2021

    Thornhill recorded six tackles (four solo) and his first interception of the season Sunday versus the Broncos. Thornhill's rookie season drew some buzz thanks to a trio of interceptions and a promising tackle total (58). While he has just one interception in each of the last two seasons -- 2021 still has some time for him to add to it -- Thornhill seems to be trending up in his tackle count. If he maintains his current pace, the third-year safety would finish out the season with a career-best of about 64 tackles.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Records nine tackles

    Thornhill had nine tackles (seven solo) during Sunday's 27-3 loss at Tennessee. Thornhill made his second consecutive start at free safety in the blowout loss, and he's played all but three defensive snaps between the two contests. The 26-year-old had strong production Sunday but is unlikely to be an IDP option going forward.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Moving into starting role

    The Chiefs plan to start Thornhill at free safety in Sunday's game in Washington ahead of Daniel Sorensen, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Perhaps no player in the Chiefs' much-maligned defense has struggled as much as Sorensen, who Pro Football Focus ranks as its 83rd safety among the 85 players at the position who have played 100-plus snaps this season. In addition to missing nine tackles -- 20.5 percent of his overall opportunities, per Pro Football Reference -- Sorensen has also been responsible for a 153.8 passer rating when targeted in coverage this season. The Chiefs are hoping that Thornhill can provide an upgrade at the back end, and even if he's not a standout performer in real-life terms, he should have ample opportunities to record statistics. Thanks in part to his own shortcomings in coverage, Sorensen still racked up 35 tackles through five games, a total that ranks tied for 13th among secondary players.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Recovered from groin injury

    Thornhill (groin) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report. Thornhill's full participation in practice Wednesday indicates that he's no longer bothered by the groin injury he sustained in early August. With fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu's (illness) status for Sunday's season opener against the Browns in doubt, Thornhill regaining full health has become an even more important development for the Chiefs.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Suffers groin injury

    Thornhill (groin) was injured during Monday's practice, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. The severity of Thornhill's injury remains undisclosed. The Chiefs are counting on the third-year pro to start across from Tyrann Mathieu, so it may make sense to take a cautious approach to his recovery.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Leads Chiefs' Week 3 tackle count

    Thornhill topped the Chiefs' defense with six tackles (five solo) Monday against the Ravens. Although he hasn't quite put up the numbers to suggest a repeat of his rookie season, Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu were the only two players to play every defensive snap Monday. He should continue to see consistent action at safety moving forward, but his numbers haven't put him on too many IDP radars just yet.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Comes off PUP list

    The Chiefs activated Thornhill (knee) from the active/PUP list Wednesday after he passed a physical, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Thornhill's rookie season came to an end when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Week 17, causing the 2019 second-rounder to miss the Chiefs' Super Bowl run. He's made significant progress in his rehab, though, and appears ready to partake in practice in some capacity. Thornhill's status for the Chiefs' Week 1 matchup with the Texans remains undecided, but if he's able to suit up, he likely will serve as the team's starting free safety.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Placed on PUP list

    The Texans placed Thornhill (knee) on the PUP list Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Thornhill missed the Chiefs' Super Bowl run after tearing the ACL in his left knee Week 17. There's some hope he'll be healthy by the regular season, but he has yet to recover enough to avoid Friday's move. When he does achieve full health -- or at least enough to get back on the field -- the 2019 second-round pick will man free safety for Kansas City.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: On track for training camp

    Thornhill (knee) is expected to be healthy in time for the start of training camp, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. The 24-year-old suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the regular-season finale, but he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. Thornhill could still be eased into action early on, but there's no indication his status for the start of the season will be in question.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Moves to injured reserve

    Thornhill (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Thornhill suffered a torn ACL in the regular-season finale, so the move to injured reserve was simply a matter of time. In Thornhill's absence, Armani Watts figures to see increased work after seeing his highest snap total of the season Week 17.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Serious injury feared

    Thornhill will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury that forced him out of Sunday's win against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Chiefs fear Thornhill's injury could be serious enough to keep the rookie second-round pick out for the playoffs. The Virginia product has been a starter at free safety since Week 1, and he's recorded 58 tackles, five pass breakups and three interceptions. The results of the MRI will be available at some point Monday, and Daniel Sorensen is next in line to start if Thornhill is indeed ruled out.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Done for day

    Thornhill (knee) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Chargers. The fact that Thornhill was immediately downgraded to out is not a good sign for the injury, especially considering he exited early in the second quarter. With the Virginia product sidelined, look for Daniel Sorensen to take over as the team's starting free safety. More information regarding Thornhill's injury should arise heading into the playoffs.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Eight tackles in debut

    Thornhill totaled eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's regular-season opener versus the Jaguars. Thornhill helped out against the run in addition to making tackles on opposing wide receivers. The 2019 second-round pick impressed enough in fall camp to secure a starting job opposite Tyrann Mathieu in the opener and figures to give the Chiefs some back-end talent that was lacking last season.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Taking reps with first-string defense

    Thornhill took part in some 11-on-11 reps with the first-team offense Thursday, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Thornhill has pieced together an impressive training camp and preseason and is believed to be a candidate to open the season as a starting safety. Thornhill proved to be a ballhawk in his three seasons at Virginia, notching 13 interceptions, including a career-high six as a senior last season.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Expected to be ready for camp

    Thornhill (calf) is expected to be ready for training camp, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Thornhill was getting reps with the first-string defense in June's minicamp before sustaining this calf injury. If healthy, the 22-year-old figures to see a starting role next to Tyrann Mathieu in the Chiefs' secondary, bumping Daniel Sorensen down in the depth chart.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Headed to Kansas City

    The Chiefs selected Thornhill in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 63rd overall. Assuming nothing is amiss, this looks like a steal for the Chiefs. The NFL was evidently skeptical of Thornhill's tackling ability, but he flashes such uncommon upside as a coverage safety that it should be easy to overlook. The Virginia pass defense was very good over the last two years, and Thornhill might be the main reason why. He intercepted 10 passes in his last 25 games, and then he torched the combine with a 4.42-second 40, 44-inch vertical, and 141-inch broad jump at 6-feet, 205 pounds. If Patrick Mahomes can keep establishing leads, then Thornhill should find interception opportunities. He's on the immediate IDP radar given the fluid state of the Kansas City safety rotation.
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