Sorensen in the 2017 NFL season.
|No. 49 – Kansas City Chiefs|
|Born:||March 5, 1990|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||208 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||Colton (Colton, California)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Daniel Sorensen (born March 5, 1990) is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Brigham Young. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Costa Rica from 2009 to 2010.
|Sorensen's NFL Combine workout|
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in
|8 3⁄4 in
|4.67 s||1.60 s||2.69 s||3.95 s||6.47 s||32 in
|9 ft 6 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
On May 11, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Sorensen to a two-year, $930,000 contract after he went undrafted during the 2014 NFL Draft. After going undrafted, Sorensen received calls and offers from multiple teams, but stated he chose to accept the Chiefs' offer because they showed they really wanted him by having head coach Andy Reid call him personally.
Throughout training camp, he competed for a roster spot as a backup safety against Sanders Commings, Jerron McMillian, and Malcolm Bronson. He received an opportunity to display his ability after Commings aggravated a foot injury and missed the majority of training camp. He went on to start three preseason games at strong safety after Eric Berry sustained an injury to his heel. On August 28, 2014, Sorensen recorded five combined tackles and a pass deflection during a 34–14 loss at the Green Bay Packers in their fourth preseason games. He started all four preseason game and recorded nine combined tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection. Head coach Andy Reid named Sorensen the backup strong safety, behind Eric Berry, to begin the regular season.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the Tennessee Titans and recorded his first career tackle on Coty Sensabaugh after Sensabaugh recovered a fumble by Titans' kick returner Leon Washington during a Titans' kick return in the second quarter of their 16–10 loss. On September 9, 2014, Sorensen was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs and was signed to the practice squad two days later. It was reported his demotion to practice squad was due to two blunders on special teams that resulted in a failed fake punt and an offsides penalty during their 24–10 victory against the New York Jets. He was promoted back to the active roster on November 1, 2014. On December 28, 2014, Sorensen recorded a season-high two solo tackles in the Chiefs' 19–7 victory against the San Diego Chargers. He finished his rookie season with seven combined tackles (six solo) in nine games and zero starts and was a consistent contributor on special teams.
Sorensen entered training camp competing for a roster spot as a backup safety against Sanders Commings, Kelcie McCray, and Justin Cox. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton named Sorensen the third free safety on the depth chart to start the 2015 regular season, behind starter Husain Abdullah and Eric Berry. He was also named the starting punt protector by special teams coach Dave Toub.
In Week 10, Sorensen recorded three solo tackles and his first career pass deflection during a 29–13 victory at the Denver Broncos. On December 6, 2015, Sorensen made combined tackles and his first career sack on quarterback Derek Carr in the Chiefs' 34–20 victory at the Oakland Raiders in Week 13. He finished the 2015 season with 23 combined tackles (20 solo), two pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and zero starts.
The Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the AFC West with an 11–5 record. On January 9, 2016, Sorensen appeared in his first career playoff game as the Chiefs routed the Houston Texans 30–0 in the AFC Wildcard Game. The following week, he made one tackle in during a 27–20 loss at the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round.
During OTA's and training camp, Sorensen competed for a role as a backup safety against Jamell Fleming, Eric Murray, Shakiel Randolph, Stevie Brown, and Akeem Davis. Head coach Andy Reid named him the backup strong safety behind Eric Berry to begin the regular season in 2016.
On September 25, 2016, Sorensen recorded two solo tackles, two pass deflections, and made his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during a 24–3 victory against the New York Jets in Week 3. In Week 7, Sorensen made six solo tackles, a pass deflection, a sack, and returned an interception by Drew Brees for a 48-yard touchdown in the Chiefs' 27–21 win against the New Orleans Saints. His score in the first quarter was the first touchdown of his career. The following week, he collected a season-high seven solo tackles during a 30–14 win at the Indianapolis Colts. On December 4, 2016, Sorensen earned his first career start, as a nickelback, in place of an injured Phillip Gaines. He recorded five combined tackles and broke up a pass in a 29–28 victory at the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 14, Sorensen collected a season-high eight combined tackles during a 21–13 victory against the Oakland Raiders. He finished the 2016 season with 63 combined tackles (55 solo), six pass deflections, three interceptions, a sack, and a touchdown in 16 games and one start.
He entered training camp slated as a backup safety, but saw minor competition from Eric Murray, Steven Terrell, Leon McQuay III, Marqueston Huff, and Jordan Stern. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton named Sorensen the backup strong safety, behind Eric Berry, to start the regular season.
Starting strong safety Eric Berry tore his Achilles tendon in the Chiefs' season-opening 42–27 victory at the New England Patriots and missed the rest of the season. Due to Berry's injury, Sorensen became the starter at strong safety. On September 17, 2017, Sorensen made his second career start, but first as a safety, in the Chiefs' 27–20 win against the Philadelphia Eagles and recorded six solo tackles. In Week 11, he recorded six combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted a pass by running back Shane Vereen in a 12–9 loss at the New York Giants. Sorensen made the interception in the first quarter after Vereen attempted a pass on a half back option to tight end Evan Engram. On December 3, 2017, Sorensen collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (six solo) in Kansas City's 38–31 loss at the New York Jets in Week 13. He was inactive for the Chiefs' Week 17 victory at the Denver Broncos. Head coach Andy Reid opted to rest him as the Chiefs had already clinched a playoff berth. He finished the season with 89 combined tackles (67 solo), six pass deflections, 1.5 sacks, and an interception in 15 games and 14 starts.
The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2017 season atop the AFC West with a 10–6 record. On January 6, 2018, Sorenson started a playoff game for the first time in his four-year career and recorded three combined tackles during a 22–21 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
On September 2, 2018, Sorensen was placed on injured reserve after suffering a very serious knee injury in training camp, but was available for reinstatement after an extensive rehab. And he was activated on November 6, 2018. Hence, in Week 10 against Arizona, Dirty Dan made his 2018 debut -- playing sparingly -- but decently, in sub-packages.
However, the following week vs. The LA Rams, in a hotly contested match-up in front of the entire country, Daniel Sorensen proved he simply wasn't ready for prime time, getting brutally smoked for two Touchdowns by TE Gerald Everett; the latter of which turned out to be the difference in the game. From there, the Chiefs had a Bye Week, and in Week 13 against the Raiders, at least for the first half, Sorensen was relegated solely to Special Teams, until shifty RB Jalen Richard juked starting Safety Eric Murray, who whiffed badly on a blitz, and was subsequently benched in favor of Dirty Dan, who ran with the first team for the rest of the game; playing favorably, and recovering a fumble.
In Week 14 against The Ravens, Sorensen made his first start of the 2018 season, playing solidly in a variety of looks, from essentially both Safety positions; which, as he began to heal and get his legs back, proved to at least partially stabilize a position, that, for most of the year, was far from stable. (An oft-injured heel to Eric Berry kept him out of the lineup except for a few games. The result forced the Chiefs to re-sign Ron Parker, a player they'd previously cut. And the carousel at the position continued, due to Sorensen's injury, and inconsistent play from a number of individuals; (namely: the aforementioned Murray, Jordan Lucas, Parker, and Josh Shaw. None of whom, aside from Lucas, ever really made an impact).
In Week 13 vs. The Chargers, Sorensen was assigned to sub-package work in the first half, as Eric Berry finally appeared in a game -- making his first start in nearly two years! Sorensen performed adequately, with the exception of a BOGUS Pass Interference penalty he drew at the hands of TE Antonio Gates; when the replay CLEARLY showed it was actually Gates who'd shoved off against him. The rest of the way, he was good, pitching a shutout against Gates in that portion of his assignments. However, the rest of the Chiefs secondary was not; as QB Phillip Rivers took full advantage of Eric Berry's absence in the second half, and mercilessly shredded the Chiefs in the 4th Quarter, for a come from behind win. Creating a slew of additional lineup changes the following week against Seattle.
In Week 16 against the Seahawks, Sorensen was back in the starting lineup. This time, along side of Eric Berry, in a number of hybrid Safety looks. He replaced Ron Parker, who was eventually cut, and played fairly well. However, the Chiefs also benched previous starting Corner Orlando Scandrick, in favor of the inexperienced Charvarious Ward. And played little used DB Tremon Smith at the Nickel, in favor of Kendall Fuller, who was out -- nursing a sore ego, from the drubbing he took from The Chargers the previous week. Steven Nelson was the other Corner, who also performed poorly. And thus, KC fell to Seattle, in another high profile National TV loss.
The next Week against The Raiders, Eric Berry again was out of the lineup, and so Sorensen officially started at Strong Safety, along side Jordan Lucas; (he himself, returning from the doghouse, to play decently at Free Safety). This game however, belonged to Dirty Dan, as he finally found his stride, dominating The Raiders' All-Pro TE Jared Cook, in an individual match-up, that after the game Oakland Head Coach Jon Gruden simply couldn't believe Sorensen had won. One critical exchange led to Sorensen completely frustrating Cook, to the tune that he discontinued his route, which led to a Sorensen interception, and a 54 yard Pick 6! On another play (the only reception Sorensen allowed in one on one coverage since the Rams game) Sorensen took the ball away from Cook during the tackle, on a 13 yard crossing pattern, which should've been ruled a fumble. But, The Raiders snapped the ball quickly, and the play was never reviewed.
Two weeks later against Indianapolis, Sorensen had his best game of the year, pitching yet another shutout against another All-Pro; TE Eric Ebron. He also shut out RB Marlon Mack, when asked to cover him out of the backfield. A season ending injury to Rookie LB Dorian O'Daniel (who often drew that assignment in sub packs) made it necessary for Dirty Dan to add that to his repertoire. And again, he came up Aces. Incidentally, those were two players who absolutely dismantled The Houston Texans (and Safety Tyrann Mathieu) in a Playoff Game the week before.
In The AFC Championship Game against New England, Dirty Dan also came up big. Making a play that no one thought he could -- stuffing RB Rex Burkhead -- on an important 4th and 2. He also intercepted a pass that was a monumental momentum changer, that set up a KC score, and began to turn the tide. However, on this day, unfortunately, Tom Brady would have the last laugh; when Dee Ford lined up off-sides. A mistake that ultimately cost the Chiefs a chance to play in Super Bowl 53. And so it was.
All throughout training camp, armies of Sorensen haters openly speculated about his impending demise; being as how in the off-season, The Chiefs had aggressively signed a high profile Free Agent Safety (Tyrann Mathieu) drafted a talented and exciting Defensive Back from Virginia to 'presumably' play the other Safety (Juan Thornhill) and made a slew of other changes to try and improve the team's fledgling Defense. Adding a new Defensive Coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo) and a host of other players; (DE Frank Clark, DE Alex Okafor, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, LB Damien Wilson, LB Darren Lee, CB Morris Claiborne, Et. al)
Meanwhile, Dirty Dan quietly went about his business, as the ultimate team guy. Chalking up another solid camp, and putting himself in a position to help his team in any way he can. Because he's simply a quality Pro. And that's what those kind of players do.
No telling what will happen. As the game of Pro Football is always as tricky and inconsistent as the direction of its bouncing ball; influenced largely by its oblong shape, and other factors. Yet, the future finally looks bright at the Safety position for Kansas City. And Daniel Sorensen's one of the reasons. Now, if The Chiefs could just shore up their issues at Cornerback, we'll see 'em in SB 54!! Can I get an Amen!?
Sorensen was raised by his parents, Kory and Roxann Sorensen, in Grand Terrace, California. He has a sister named Emily and four brothers named Trevan, Bryan, Cody, and Brad. His older brother, Brad Sorensen, played college football at Southern Utah and was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent three seasons in the NFL.
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