It is the end. Breeland Speaks and the Kansas City Chiefs have finally parted ways.
The young defensive end was the first ever pick of Brett Veach the year he became the Chiefs general manager in 2018. He is very often credited for the recruitment of Patrick Mahomes back in 2017, but he did not have full control of the Kansas City’s draft process back then.
Breeland Speaks, an Ole Miss ex alumnus, spent almost 3 years in Kansas City but did not show much of his talent.
His career with the Chiefs will be summed up with only four games, 24 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, two fumbles recoveries, and a forced fumble.
Brett Veach acknowledged why they had to let him go declaring:
“Of all the positions, that defensive line position is probably our deepest position,” Veach acknowledged. “With Breeland [Speaks], it was a different scheme when he got here, and our staff really thought his rookie year he did some things you can lay a foundation on. We all know he came in a little out of shape the next year, and then he had the injury. When you get behind the eight-ball in professional football, it’s tough. When you get behind the eight-ball on a roster with a deep defensive line, it’s even tougher.”
This is Brett Veach’s first fail after a remarkable job so far. And nobody could blame him for that missed opportunity.
Speaks suffered multiple right knee injuries during the third preseason game of 2019. He unfortunately missed the whole season not helping his case. He had then a whole year to get better and finally be ready for 2020.
But at the end, the competition was tough at his position. Young players were hungry to get a spot in the roster with Taco Charlton, Mike Danna, and Tershawn Wharton among them.
But we have to give Speaks some credit, though. He tried his best to overcome his injury and came prepared during the offseason. He showed up to Chiefs training camp slimmed down and very focused.
“Not having a year of football is tough, then when you throw in the factor of having [Frank] Clark, Tanoh [Kpassagnon], [Alex] Okafor, Taco [Charlton] had a good camp he obviously made the roster, and Mike Danna had a really good camp,” Veach emphasized.
We will never know if it was the overall depth of the position, the motivation of the new players, or Speaks’ bad results during the camp, however, the Chiefs made a tough decision parting ways with him, without really knowing if he could fit in Steve Spagnuolo’s system.
Let’s hope a team will pick him up and that he will be able to finally show his skills.