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Chiefs Safety Daniel Sorensen Breaks Out Against Saints

Posted Oct 23, 2016

The former undrafted free agent out of BYU had a career day

Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen stood as his locker Sunday afternoon after, at least statistically, the best game of his three-year career.

He finished with six tackles on the day, had the game’s only sack and took a future Hall of Famer’s pass back to the house to give his team a lead it would never relinquish.

There’s a lot you could say about a game like that, but that isn’t who the mild-mannered former BYU standout is.

Sorensen quickly diverted any attention.

“I was able to make some plays on account of what others were able to do,” he said.

Facing third-and-12 late in the first quarter at the Saints 39-yard line, Drew Brees attempted to find wide receiver Willie Snead across the middle. Safety Eric Berry got his hands in front of Snead and tipped the ball up.

Sorensen snatched it out of the air and darted for the end zone.

“Our defensive line got after Drew Brees, Eric Berry made a nice tip—I was able to make the catch,” he said. “I was moving that way when the ball was going. It got tipped and really just fell into my lap. I got it and was thinking, ‘Run as fast as you can and don’t let anybody catch you.’”

No one—not Snead, a diving Brees or any of the Saints O-linemen in pursuit could, and the Chiefs went up 14-7.

“He practices so hard every day,” head coach Andy Reid said of Sorensen after the game. “He was right – right in the right spot. Berry tips the ball. He picks it off, and once he gets it into his hands, he kind of knows what to do with it. He’s pretty good with all of that stuff. He had some nice tackles. The guy works so hard that you’re glad that happened.”

Reid said that when Sorensen returned to the bench, his teammates were doing the “Dirty Dan” chant.

“Dan played a hell of a game today,” cornerback Marcus Peters added. “That is what we are going to need. Every week we are going need someone new to step up. That’s what happened.”

Later in the game, during the second quarter, Sorensen sacked Brees on a second-and-9 safety blitz call, which would lead to a three-and-out for New Orleans. The Chiefs offense scored a touchdown on the next possession and entered the halftime locker room up 21-7.

The Chiefs signed Sorensen after he went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. Reid, who shares the BYU alma mater with Sorensen, will often reference that fact when speaking about the third-year safety.

“The earliest sign [he could contribute] was that he was from BYU,” Reid noted again during his post-game press conference Sunday. “The next sign was that (John) Dorsey brought him here, but it was a good pickup by Dorsey. We have a few of those guys that are kind of worker bee guys, and he’s one of them.”

The interception was the second of his season and the sack was the second of his career.

“We ask him to do a lot of things and he does them very well,” Berry said of Sorensen. “It is all about finding that rhythm and I think he is getting into that rhythm. I like to call him a ballplayer, man. Runs or pass, it doesn’t matter.

“He is a heck of a special teams player as well. I think that carries over to defensive play because you have to be intense in special teams play. I feel like he brings that to our defense.”

 

 

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