Nate Orchard has gone from a highly drafted pick of the Cleveland

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Browns to a featured star on HBO's documentary series "Hard Knocks" to the couch as an unemployed linebacker in the NFL.Now New England Patriots Hats , he's suiting up for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.Maybe even the Super Bowl favorites.Orchard signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday to shore up their pass rush besieged by injuries. Justin Houston could miss several weeks after hurting his hamstring in last Sunday's win over Jacksonville while Dee Ford and Tanoh Kpassagnon have been dealing with nagging injuries."It was a nice time to be with my family," Orchard said while standing in a mostly empty Chiefs locker room Wednesday, "but I'm very fortunate to be here with the record they have."The Chiefs (5-0) have become the trendy pick to win the AFC after routing the Jaguars last week, and they can validate those hopes with a win Sunday in New England. But winning on the road against Tom Brady and Co. became a lot tougher after the Chiefs' defense sustained a surfeit of injuries last week.Along with their ailing linebackers, the Chiefs had to put right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the disabled list with a broken bone in his leg and Armani Watts on the IR with a core muscle injury.The Chiefs signed Frank Zombo, who had spent the past five seasons with Kansas City, when they made those roster moves on Tuesday. They added Orchard to further bolster their depth."Nate had a real good college career. He played for a good friend of mine at Utah," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Utes coach Kyle Whittingham. "(Orchard) knows the system, he's familiar with it, then he's a good player. A very hard worker. And he's smart."The secondary is in a similar state of shambles.Strong safety Eric Berry remains sidelined with a heel injury that was supposed to keep him out a short period, but has instead sidelined him since early in camp. Daniel Sorensen remains on IR with his broken leg, though he could return in the next few weeks New England Patriots Hoodie , and Watts has joined him on the list.Their backup, Eric Murray, was held out of practice Wednesday with a lower-leg injury.The Chiefs thought Watts had merely sustained a groin injury against the Jaguars, but trainer Rick Burkholder said an MRI revealed more damage. Watts was headed to Philadelphia for core muscle surgery on Thursday, though he should be ready for the start of practices next season.The fact that Chiefs general manager Brett Veach chose to add pass rushers in Orchard and Zombo and not an extra safety means they likely believe Berry and Sorensen will be able to help soon.Jordan Lucas, who arrived in a trade with Miami just before the season, picked off his first career pass after entering the game against Jacksonville. He's in line to get more snaps alongside Ron Parker, and journeyman safety Josh Shaw could factor into the mix."It's a collective. This defense is no single guy out there being dominant," Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said. "It's a collective whole. Everyone making plays, that's what we focus on."That goes for all levels of the defense, including outside linebacker, where Houston's injury and the uncertain status of Kpassagnon could mean a crucial opportunity for Breeland Speaks.The Chiefs' second-round pick has been active for all five games Customized New England Patriots Jerseys , but he has mostly been used on special teams and to give the starters a breather. Now, the former Ole Miss star could be counted upon to put some pressure on Brady and cover the Patriots' pass-catching running backs."I look for Breeland to keep progressing all around," Jones said. "He's got a veteran in Justin Houston in the room. Dee's in the room. Those guys he can learn from."As battered as the Chiefs defense is right now, he'd better learn in a hurry.Notes: Burkholder said Duvernay-Tardif's injury was also more severe than first believed in that the offensive lineman tore ligaments in the ankle along with breaking his fibula. Duvernay-Tardif is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "We'll know more after the surgery how much he'll miss," Burkholder said. ... Reid confirmed that Jordan Devey is likely to start in Duvernay-Tardif's place. "He has experience," Reid said. "Everybody is confident in him that he can step up and go."Patriots-Texans snap count analysis: Why didn’t Cordarrelle Patterson play more? The New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in the season opener and the game offered us our first glance at how Bill Belichick and the coaching staff truly values their players. There will be more fiddling with the roster over the coming weeks, of course, but the regular season offers much more insight on the depth chart than the preseason.Here’s what we learned.What’s the plan with Cordarrelle Patterson?Patterson played a mere 16 snaps on offense, which sounds low given his 3 rushing attempts for 13 yards and 1 reception for 6 yards. It’s clear that the Patriots have a special section of their playbook for Patterson if he’s going to see a touch on 25% of his snaps, so perhaps he’s still just working his way into the offense.But slot receiver Riley McCarron played 15 snaps. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett played 68 and 57 snaps, respectively. Perhaps Patterson will eat into McCarron’s playing time , but barring any change over the next few weeks, we can consider Patterson a small part of the Patriots offense once Julian Edelman returns, especially given the growth of Dorsett.LaAdrian Waddle rotated with Marcus CannonWhile Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, and Shaq Mason played 100% of the offensive snaps (75 snaps)- as did Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady- the Patriots rotated at right tackle.Cannon played 61% of the snaps while Waddle played 39%. I would expect the ratio to shift more in favor of Cannon in week 2 and wouldn’t be surprised if he played 100% of the snaps against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cannon is returning from injury and his playing time was being monitored.Ja’Whaun Bentley led the Patriots linebackers in snapsThe Patriots used a heavy rotation in their defensive front seven and their star rookie seemed to take the lead. Bentley played 51 defensive snaps (and 15 special teams snaps), ahead of Dont’a Hightower (50 snaps) and Kyle Van Noy (49 snaps). Elandon Roberts played 20 snaps and Nicholas Grigsby only played 1 snap.Bentley played at an extremely high level so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he continued to siphon snaps away from Roberts and joined Hightower and Van Noy as the starters all year. Adrian Clayborn is at the bottom of the pass rushing rotationThe Patriots used a four-man edge defender rotation and I was surprised to see veteran signing Adrian Clayborn at the bottom of the list. Trey Flowers led the way with 50 snaps, followed by Keionta Davis (35 snaps), Deatrich Wise (23 snaps), and then Clayborn (22 snaps). Part of the reason was Flowers moving around the defensive line and freeing up snaps for Davis, with Clayborn more commonly used on the right side of the line. I would expect Clayborn to play more in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Danny Shelton led the defensive tackles in snaps (40) New England Patriots T-Shirt , followed by Malcom Brown (32), Lawrence Guy (29), and Adam Butler (24). I expect this to be the result of an equal drive rotation where Shelton simply just played against elongated drives.Jonathan Jones is baaaaaaackI feel like the return of Jones was lost in the shuffle of the offseason, but he was absolutely lights out as the slot defensive back on Sunday. Jones played 38 snaps, trailing the starting quartet of Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe at cornerback (74 snaps) and Patrick Chung (73) and Devin McCourty (72) at safety, along with Duron Harmon (50) as the nickel.Jones played ahead of Jason McCourty (6) and I will be curious to see how these players rotate, if at all, for the rest of the year.

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