ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A year ago Ben Niemann simply hoped to prove his mettle as a professional football player, so the idea of playing with NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and coming up one play short of the Super Bowl couldn’t have been further from his mind.
“[I was] doing every little thing I could to make the roster just because I was undrafted, and then the emotions of making [the team], it was pretty exciting,” Niemann said as he prepares for his second NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs. “Then having such a memorable season, one of the best seasons in Chiefs’ history, it was a good experience.”
Niemann arrived at training camp this season with a different goal than a year ago. Last season, he hoped to simply earn a job. Now, he strives to take the next step by finding an enlarged role on the team’s revamped defense.