Tyrann Mathieu Full of Praise for Young Chiefs Defender

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was full of praise for one young defender on the team.
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was full of praise for one young defender on the team. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs head into the 2021 NFL season looking to build off their recent success. They have made the Super Bowl in each of the last two seasons due to a balanced roster filled with playmakers on both sides of the ball including cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Apparently Mathieu isn't the only baller on defense as he took to Twitter on Tuesday to praise a young Chiefs defender on his hard work. He replied in a comment saying the player wore the roster number of 29, which means it must've been second-year cornerback BoPete Keyes.

Chiefs News: Tyrann Mathieu & BoPete Keyes

Keyes was the Chiefs' seventh-round pick in 2020 (No. 237 overall) and saw playing time in eight games last season. He even drew one start and totaled 8 tackles. The 23-year-old out of Tulane enters training camp fighting to show why he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

It's definitely a great start for Keyes to be receiving this kind of praise from a player that has made two Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. Mathieu has been a mainstay on this Chiefs' defensive unit for years and racked up 62 tackles, 9 pass breakups and 6 interceptions during a stellar 2020 season.

The Chiefs are the top threat in the AFC conference again and have the best odds to win the Super Bowl set at +500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Who knows, they could get even better if young players continue to step up and improve the defense.

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