The KC Chiefs waived Princeton product John Lovett this week and now the Lovett Experiment will be over before it even began.
This time last year, there was a lot of intrigue surrounding undrafted Princeton athlete John Lovett who the Kansas City Chiefs scooped up after the draft had concluded. Chiefs fans were immediately infatuated with Lovett because he brought a lot of versatility to the table.
He was listed as a tight end when the Chiefs first picked him up last year, but as time went on, he was listed as many different things ranging from fullback, H-back, you name it. Eventually, we got around to just labeling him as an athlete.
Unfortunately, the John Lovett era never got started in Kansas City, as he spent the 2019 season on injured reserve and never saw the field that year. Now, he’s a member of the Green Bay Packers after they wisely claimed him off waivers.
Obviously it’s a bummer to see Lovett go, but the main reason I’m saddened by it is that the Chiefs missed their chance to have the next Taysom Hill on their offense.
We’ve all seen what Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have been able to do with Hill. He throws the ball, runs the ball, catches the ball, and does plenty of work on special teams. He was their MVP in the Saints’ Wild Card loss to the Vikings earlier this year.
Just imagine what Andy Reid could have done with Lovett if he had the chance to transition him into a similar kind of player to that of Hill. That would have made this Chiefs offense even more difficult to stop.
The Chiefs have plenty of firepower on offense, as proven by their Super Bowl title last year, but Lovett would have given them another added element to their already prolific unit.
It’ll be interesting to see what Lovett does in Green Bay and how he’s used, assuming he gets a chance to prove himself with the Packers. They actually had Taysom Hill on their roster at one point and waived him, so perhaps they saw what the Saints turned him into and thought they can make up for their mistakes by trying to do that with John Lovett.
Obviously Kansas City didn’t see Lovett in their future plans, but we’ll always have last summer and how optimistic we were about him in a Chiefs uniform.