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Eric Berry Currently Ranks as the Best Safety in the NFL

The story keeps getting better for Eric Berry


Eric Berry has been making plays all over the field for the Kansas City Chiefs defense this season, and everyone has been taking notice, including Pro Football Focus, which currently has Berry ranked as the No. 1 safety in the NFL.

It should be noted that these rankings are subjective, but the impact Berry's presence has brought on the field has been noticeable.

"He has great speed, tremendous range and is a very physical player," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said of Berry. "He can really limit deep plays and keep them under control. I think he's tackling and being as physical as he's ever been. He's got a little bit of a sixth sense to go get it back there."

Berry showed that physicality early in last Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Arguably the best play of the season was Berry's play three weeks ago on the road against the San Diego Chargers.

With everything in front of him now, Berry can come downhill and make plays like these.

The Chiefs made a concerted effort to move Berry back to more of a centerfield-type of role over the past couple of seasons.

"We were trying to reduce the number of big plays that we gave up," Sutton explained, "so we said the first thing we have to do is increase our speed, and he's one of our fastest players. We needed him back more. One thing about speed is it isn't always the plays you make. It's the plays you prevent.

"If you hit a 15 or 18-yard pass, [Berry] can cap that off pretty quick—that's huge for us."

Berry has 49 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 passes defensed this season, but it's also the presence he brings the defense that's impossible to quantify, and it doesn't take much convincing around the Chiefs facilities to add further proof of what he's done for this team, both on and off the field.

But best in the NFL sounds pretty good.

a few special moments in the career of Eric Berry.

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