Demps example of K.C. scrap-heap success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the many reasons the Kansas City Chiefs are 6-0 is the contributions they’ve received from players they plucked off the scrap heap. Among the players who fit into that category is nickel safety Quintin Demps.

The Chiefs are tied for the league lead in interceptions with 10. Their individual leader is Demps, who has three.

Demps has played a nice center field at the back of the defense. He has shown good range and good instincts. His latest pick, against Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor on Sunday, came in the third quarter of a 7-7 game and set up the touchdown that put the Chiefs ahead for good.

The Chiefs signed Demps in May. He was sitting around without a job and the Chiefs needed veteran depth at safety behind starters Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.

Demps had played for Andy Reid with the Eagles.

“I drafted him there and I liked him,’’ Reid said. “He was right in that transition when Brian [Dawkins] was heading out to Denver for those couple years. We asked Quintin to step in and be his replacement. He was a young kid. At that point, there wasn’t a lot of time to grow when you step in for Brian Dawkins. Your grace period is zero.’’

So Reid eventually released Demps. He caught on with Houston, but the Texans also saw no value in him.

The Chiefs have succeeded by putting their defensive players in situations where they are best. Demps is another example.