Super Bowl LV: 5 players who could be unsung heroes on Sunday

Buccaneers WR Tyler Johnson (Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
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Daniel Sorenson, Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl LV
Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorenson (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

Daniel Sorenson

The Kansas City Chiefs’ secondary has made plays all season long leading up to Super Bowl LV. Rookie L’Jarius Sneed has had an unbelievable start to his career and will be called upon to stop two excellent playmakers on Sunday. Tyrann Mathieu will be used all over, from coverage in the slot to blitzing. Juan Thornhill has come back in a big way post-injury, and he will be crucial on the back end to prevent vertical shots from connecting.

However, it’s Daniel Sorenson who flies under the radar once again, and it’s because he does so much. The Chiefs ask Sorenson to work in a zone match scheme, drop him down near the box, and let him get after the quarterback. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo clearly trusts Sorenson to do his job wherever he lines up.

Sorenson has six quarterback hits, three interceptions, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 2020. To stop this red hot Buccaneers offense, it will come down to this Chiefs secondary making a play in crunch time. Sorenson was part of big stops for the Chiefs last year in the Super Bowl, and he needs to do it again one year later. Expect him to elevate his game on the biggest stage of them all once again.