Montreal’s Laurent Duvernay Tardif has climbed to third on the Kansas City Chiefs depth chart at left tackle, and is impressing his coaches with his work ethic.
As Chiefsspin.com writer Herbie Teope reported, Duvernay-Tardif also saw the majority of snaps at the position with the second-team offense in the four practices since the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. http://www.chiefsspin.com/chiefs-ol-laurent-duvernay-tardif-grows-with-hard-work/
“He’s improving every day,” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told Teope. “He’s a big, strong and physical kid, and another one that takes a lot of pride in his work. He comes out here and he’s working hard. He’s not perfect by any means, but he’s not making the same mistake twice.”
Duvernay Tardif, who starred at McGill last season, was a sixth round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I think I’m just working hard every day and everybody is working their ass off this whole training camp,” Duvernay Tardif told Teope. “I just try to do the same, try to learn as fast as I can. I’m still doing some mental mistakes, but I guess I’m physical and that’s what the coach loves.”
“I’d love to make the team,” Duvernay-Tardif added. “That’s my only goal and that’s been my goal since the first day here.”
According to Teope Duvernay Tardif credits teammates – especially starting left guard Jeff Allen, starting center Rodney Hudson and backup guard Rishaw Johnson – for mentorship, despite the competition on the offensive line.
“The thing that’s great here is the locker room is so nice,” Duvernay-Tardif told Teope. “All the veterans are helping me, and everybody is trying to push in the same direction so we can win the Super Bowl this year.”
NFL rosters go from 90 to 75 on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Final cuts (resulting in a 53-man roster) are made on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Notes on other Canadians in camp:
On August 19 ESPN.go.com reported that Winnipeg native John Urschel, the Ravens fifth-round pick, delivered a key block in Taliaferro’s touchdown run Saturday in Dallas. Urschel has moved up to the second-team offense, replacing Ryan Jensen at right guard and increasing his chances of landing one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.
Austin Pasztor, a right tackle from southern Ontario, broke a bone in his right hand in a preseason game and will now be out an unspecified amount of time.