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Kansas City Chiefs add another tight end to roster

Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
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One position where many have felt the Kansas City Chiefs needed help was at tight end. The Chiefs may find that help after signing Orson Charles.

Outside of superstar Travis Kelce, it is hard to argue that he Kansas City Chiefs have much to offer at the tight end position. They have taken chances on developmental players, but nobody has truly emerged on the depth chart. Now the Chiefs are looking to reclamation projects. The latest one is former Bengals fourth round pick, Orson Charles.

The former Georgia standout is a player that many had high expectations for back in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, he has failed to make any kind of an impact in the NFL. He has bounced around the league so far, with not much to show for it.

Another strike against Charles came in 2014 when he was arrested for flashing a gun while driving. He plead guilty and entered a diversion program. Normally when a player with no production has legal issues, that’s it for their career. However, Andy Reid is known for taking chances with guys.

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Orson Charles will be joining a depth chart that includes Demetrius Harris, Ross Travis, and Gavin Escobar. None of those names will strike fear in an opponent, but there is still potential to work with. The same is true of Charles, who brings a lot of natural athleticism to the mix.

Charles could also factor in the mix at fullback, where the Bengals played him for half a season. The Chiefs have shown some interest in adding competition to that position as well. Having that kind of versatility does work in Charles’s favor.

However, I ultimately expect that Orson Charles fails to make the Kansas City Chiefs roster. While he is a talented athlete, I don’t see him as having the requisite skills to make it in the NFL. It’s the reason why he hasn’t made any kind of an impact so far in his career.

The Kansas City Chiefs are continuing to push forward in their offseason activities. There is a lot of talent on this roster, and Chiefs Kingdom should absolutely expect their team to contend in 2017. However, there is always a need for competition, especially on the depth chart. It’s good to see that John Dorsey feels the same way.