Remember the good old days of KC Chiefs football when the fans could rely on an elite tight end? Those days are long gone for the Chiefs, but this season should be a pretty exciting one for Kansas City. The Chiefs may not have a tight end like Tony Gonzalez anymore, but the guys on the current roster have potential and it should make for an interesting preseason battle.
First, there’s Anthony Fasano. Fasano signed with the Chiefs during the 2013 offseason and was considered to be the number one tight end on the team. Fasano only played in nine games during 2013 due to both knee and ankle injuries (not to mention a concussion) that kept him sidelined for several games. Fasano had a total of 23 receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
Second, there’s Travis Kelce. Kelce was a third round draft choice in 2013. I was pretty excited about the selection of Kelce, but he was a bit of a letdown last season. He was injured during a preseason game and never saw the field during the regular season. I have high hopes that Kelce will be a star tight end in 2014 and future seasons to come.
Third on the roster is Sean McGrath, who stepped up immensely last year when both Fasano and Kelce were injured. McGrath started 10 games in 2013 and only caught two touchdown passes, but he had over 300 receiving yards. It was good to know that Kansas City’s third-string tight end could come in and make plays when he was needed.
Gordon only played in two games last year and had one reception for three yards. He signed with Pittsburgh in December, but was released shortly after. Kansas City re-signed Gordon in February.
Harris didn’t have any stats last year, but there is a lot of hype surrounding this kid during OTAs. He has a background in basketball and that is something that can only help him as an NFL tight end.
So at the end of the day, who starts at the tight end position? Personally, I think it will be the same lineup as last year with Fasano and Kelce as the two main tight ends and McGrath, Gordon, and Harris coming in as relievers. I also wouldn’t be shocked if Gordon didn’t end up making the roster.
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