Selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2016 draft, Ragland suffered a torn ACL in training camp as a rookie, and then was traded to Kansas City last preseason. He started 10 of his 12 games with the Chiefs, but logged only 322 snaps and 44 tackles while working in a two-down role. Listed at 6-foot-1, 252 pounds, Ragland is unlikely to ever be more than adequate in coverage, though it isn't totally out of the question that he competes for a three-down role in training camp. The Chiefs did sign Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson, ensuring that they have at least one inside linebacker capable of handling passing downs.
Ragland notched nine tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Ragland has now posted two consecutive weeks with nine tackles and eight solos, more than doubling his total for the season over that span. If he continues his current trend, the second-year linebacker could sneak his way onto the fantasy radar as an IDP option.
Ragland recorded a season-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Ragland's previous season-high in tackles was four, so he more than doubled that output. The 24-year-old made the most of his 47 defensive snaps (68.0 percent). He will look to carry that momentum into the Chiefs' Week 12 game versus the Bills.
Ragland has yet to see game action this season but did practice on a limited basis last week and on Wednesday, so he looks to be ready for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The 2016 second-round pick isn't expected to play a major role on the Chiefs defense right away, and will likely only be a reserve linebacker and special teams player, if he even suits up.
Ragland's debut as a Chief will have to wait until at least next Sunday after being ruled out, despite practicing in limited fashion throughout the week. Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson figure to start at inside linebacker with Dee Ford and Justin Houston on the outside.
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