On Aug. 28, the Bills traded Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs for a 2019 fourth-round pick, and now he's slowly but surely become a contributor on the Kansas City defense.
Here's what Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said regarding the development of Ragland during a mid-week press conference
"I think for Reggie he came in right in the midst of the whole deal so he had no real foundation, no background in the system. So you’re trying to learn the system. He’s coming off the injury. When he started we had no idea when he’d be ready. Thought he was a really good football player but may take some time. I think since he’s been in there and he’s got the opportunity to practice consistently and get the reps that you need and then there’s nothing that can replace actual game experience, game speed and the more you see it the better I think you’re going to get. I think he’s made some nice progress here.”
On the season, Ragland has played 153 snaps and has earned a +2.4 overall grade and +1.5 run-defense grade. His overall grade is the 19th-highest among all 103 inside linebackers in football. On 47 snaps against the Giants in Week 11, the former second-round pick received a +3.6 overall grade which included a +3.0 run-defense grade. He had eight tackles and four stops.
Ragland performed well in coverage, too. He's surrendered three catches on six targets for 11 yards, which equates to a 56.3 passer rating. He's become the primary inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson in Kansas City's defense run by Sutton, who happens to be a Rex Ryan disciple.
The Bills certainly know Ragland well, and it'll be interesting to see how he much he plays and how he plays against his former team on Sunday.
Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.
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