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October 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Moving into starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 9, 2021 03:52 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Recovered from groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 2, 2021 03:04 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Suffers groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 6, 2020 10:48 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: First interception of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill recorded six tackles, all solo, and an interception across 73 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Patriots.

Thornhill secured his first interception of the season off Brian Hoyer late in the first quarter. The second-year pro has now played in 89 percent of the defensive snaps this season, recording 17 tackles in the process.

September 29, 2020 10:40 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Leads Chiefs' Week 3 tackle count
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 24, 2020 06:12 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Cleared for full contact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (knee) has been cleared for full-contact participation in practice, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Thornhill's recovery from a torn ACL has been a swift one, as he suffered the injury in Week 17 of last season. He's reportedly looked as explosive as ever since retaking the field and should be in line to retake his spot as the team's starting safety alongside Tyrann Mathieu come Week 1.

August 20, 2020 04:16 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Logs limited activity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Thornhill came off the active/PUP list Wednesday after passing his physical, so it's no surprise to see him being eased back into the mix. The 24-year-old is coming off an impressive rookie season, and he'll be well positioned to serve as the Chiefs' top free safety once he fully moves past the ACL he tore in the 2019 regular-season finale.

August 20, 2020 08:08 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Comes off PUP list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 31, 2020 05:16 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Placed on PUP list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 13, 2020 02:16 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: On track for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 27, 2020 03:08 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Expected back for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs expect Thornhill (knee) to be ready for the 2020 regular-season opener, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Thornhill is rehabbing a torn ACL sustained during Kansas City's 2019 regular-season finale, and it looks as though the expectation is for him to make a return for at least part of training camp or the preseason. The 24-year-old was a full-time starter as a rookie, finishing with 58 tackles (42 solo), five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown.

January 8, 2020 12:52 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Moves to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 30, 2019 01:20 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Torn ACL confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Thornhill suffered a torn left ACL during Week 17's regular-season finale against the Chargers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Thornhill has played a starting role at free safety since Week 1, so his season-ending injury will be a notable blow to Kansas City's secondary heading into the playoffs. In the rookie second-round pick's stead, Daniel Sorensen will likely slot into the starting lineup. Thornhill will set his sights on recovery, though the timing of his injury sheds some doubt on his chances of returning to full health for the start of the 2020 season.

December 29, 2019 05:40 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Serious injury feared
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Done for day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 16, 2019 12:56 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Nabs first career interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill made four tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Thornhill made a nice play late in the second quarter when he picked off an overthrown pass by Deshaun Watson for his first career interception. The 23-year-old has played at least 58 defensive snaps in each of the first six games, making him a decent IDP option going forward. He'll draw a solid matchup against Joe Flacco and the Broncos for Week 7.

September 11, 2019 01:32 AM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Eight tackles in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 8, 2019 12:44 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Primed to start Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill is warming up as a starting safety for Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars, Adam Teicher of reports.

Thornhill took ample reps with the first-team defense during training camp and appears to have usurped veteran Daniel Sorensen in the starting lineup. The rookie second-round pick will work to contain Nick Foles and the Jaguars' aerial attack.

August 15, 2019 04:44 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Taking reps with first-string defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 12, 2019 06:20 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Expected to be ready for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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