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Five Things to Know About Cornerback Kenneth Acker

Posted Aug 27, 2016

Getting to know the Chiefs’ newest cornerback

The Kansas City Chiefs announced they acquired cornerback Kenneth Acker from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick on Saturday afternoon.

Here are five things to know about the newest Chiefs player:

A pleasant surprise

While the Chiefs were making moves on the field during the preseason game against the Chicago Bears, the front office was making moves of its own, acquiring cornerback Acker from the  San Francisco49ers.

Back like he never left

Acker was drafted by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. That year, Acker played through the preseason with a stress fracture in his left foot and was placed on injured reserve shortly after the diagnosis. He returned for the 2015 season and earned the starting cornerback job before San Francisco’s regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Acker played a team-high 56 defensive snaps in a 20-3 victory against the Vikings and tallied up 3 interceptions, 8 pass deflections and 58 solo tackles that season.

A man of many hats

Growing up, Acker was an avid athlete in both football and basketball, ultimately deciding to focus his efforts on football. During his time at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, Acker showed his versatility in the game playing quarterback, running back, wide receiver and kicker, and eventually the corner position.

Playmaker

Acker was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter as a top play of the week for a punt return in high school in the 50-14 win over the Central Catholic Rams during the Class 6A football playoffs.

The play raked in over a million views on the internet, having been featured on sites like Yahoo!, Rivals and Deadspin.com

Help in the secondary

Chiefs’ general manager John Dorsey spoke with the media following the game on Acker’s trade.

“Last year he played basically 70 percent of the snaps with 3 interceptions. He’s a special teams guy. He’s got the measurables … He’s got athleticism. He’s one of those that can help with special teams. He’s a backup corner that can help us.”

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