Chiefs guard Duvernay-Tardif continues to adapt to NFL game
The Chiefs' patience with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif could pay off soon.
Kansas City refused to put the 6-foot-5, 321-pounder on their practice squad last year for fear he'd be snatched by another team. He stuck on the 53-man roster without appearing in a single game -- that's how highly his team thought of him.
The Canadian prospect wants to reward that trust by improving his technique and proving he can play at the NFL's pace.
"I think my fundamentals (improved)," Duvernay-Tardif told the Kansas City Star. "Learning (what to do) against this type of front, how to step up, how to make the proper adjustment, how to do the proper footwoork."
It's just a matter of practice reps now. Head coach Andy Reid said he's seen improvement in the weight room and classroom, but wants to see his former sixth-round pick compete more on the practice field.
So, Duvernay-Tardif has welcomed snaps at both guard sports to speed up the learning process.
"It's still the same position, the same job," he said. "It's just that it needs to be perfect every time, so I'm working on detail and trying to be the best at my position."