Kansas City Chiefs: Five Players to Watch During Preseason

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Ross Travis
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Chiefs to Watch During Preseason – Number 4: Travis Ross

Travis Ross isn’t a household name anywhere. He played basketball for Penn State and is now with the KC Chiefs during the early stages of the season.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical about the Chiefs bringing on yet another college basketball star to their team (Demetrius Harris), but Ross Travis seems to have an intriguing factor about him.

Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride reported that Travis was getting reps with the third-team, likely putting him behind Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris.

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"That third tight end? Consistently it’s Ross Travis. He had a good day today. The Chiefs did some work near the goal line in 9 on 7 and it seemed like Travis caught a ton of passes. I’m feeling pretty good about predicting him as the Chiefs third tight end. Chiefs OC Brad Childress told us after practice that he’s probably more of a receiver now but they’ll want him to develop."

Earlier this summer, I wrote an article about the backup tight end competition and really assumed it was last year’s fifth-rounder James O’Shaughnessey’s job to lose. Now I’m unsure if O’Shag will even make the roster.

Once again, I go to my co-editor Ben Almquist who said to “watch out for” Travis Ross when it came to the backup tight end spot.

"With there being no clear distinction between the other options, Ross is playing with nothing to lose. Can make him dangerous."

I just have this feeling that Travis Ross will not only make the roster, but will make big plays for the Chiefs in 2016. He just has to show us some grit during the preseason.

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