Chiefs are being rewarded for their good work with Ron Parker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One sign a coaching staff doing its job shows when a team develops a player no one else wants. That appears to be what’s happening in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive back Ron Parker.

Parker, by my count, was released eight times by three different teams before joining the Chiefs off waivers, of course, from the Seattle Seahawks last year. But he wouldn’t give up on himself.

“Many guys do give up,’’ Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s not his personality, not his makeup. He’s a persistent guy. I joke with him because he’s a twin so he’s been battling for the refrigerator. Who’s going to get there first? It started then.’’

Just as important, the Chiefs didn’t give up on Parker, either. They had reason to give him his ninth release over the summer but continued to work with him instead.

They were rewarded with solid play from Parker this season when he replaced the injured Eric Berry as the starting strong safety. Parker then played his best game in Sunday’s win over the Bills in Buffalo.

He shifted to cornerback and was asked mostly to cover Buffalo’s sensational rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He did that well, forced a fumble in the third quarter to prevent a Buffalo touchdown and then broke up three passes in or near the end zone on Buffalo’s late scoring threat.

Parker looked like a candidate for release over the summer. He had been starting at cornerback but hadn’t played well and was benched.

“It was a weird thing,’’ Reid said. “During the (offseason practices) and the early part of camp he was playing great at corner. Then he kind of went through a little phase there where it wasn’t working for whatever reason. It wasn’t working at the corner spot. That’s where the persistence thing comes in. He battled through that. He got himself back on track at the corner spot and then we moved him. Then he got forced into action at the safety position. I think if you asked him back then he’d tell you that safety is his more natural position. I think now he feels comfortable at both of them.

“He’s come quite a way. We ask him to do quite a bit. He’s playing two, three different positions and playing them well.’’