Will 2013 Be A Breakout Year For Tony Moeaki?

By Colin Barton
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Moeaki could be facing a potential make or break season in 2013.  The Kansas City Chiefs have been waiting for Moeaki to have a breakout year for the past couple seasons so is this the year he proves himself as the next Tony Gonzalez?

The Chiefs have been struggling to reach the same production level at tight end that Gonzalez gave them before he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009. Moeaki has put up some good numbers for a mid-level tight end, but he has yet to prove himself as the Chiefs’ premier tight end. The Chiefs were getting 1000 yard seasons out of Gonzalez and have been hurt by the lack of production at the position since his trade in 2009.

With that being said, this season could be the best opportunity that Moeaki will get to prove himself. He will benefit greatly from the addition of quarterback Alex Smith. Smith is a huge upgrade over the Chiefs’ previous quarterbacks who struggled despite being surrounded by some of the best offensive weapons in the NFL. Moeaki’s results could be due to the lack of a talented quarterback, but now he has the quarterback that can make him into an elite player.

If you look at his physical abilities, he has all the makings to be a top-tier tight end. He stands at 6’3 and weighs around 250lbs, and in addition to his size he also runs a sub 4.7 40-yard yard dash which is good for a tight end. Add in his amazing catching abilities and he should have all the talent that he needs to emerge as a Pro Bowl player.

Colin Barton is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @ColinBartonRS

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