Back on Aug. 31, Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey held a second draft of sorts after the final round of roster cuts were made in the preseason. Dorsey had a list of candidates he was going to pick up if they were cut by other NFL teams, and ended up snagging seven of his targets. The addition of TE Sean McGrath alone makes Dorsey’s second draft a big success.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks, McGrath did not record a single catch with his former team, but has had an instant impact with Kansas City. McGrath numbers don’t exactly hop off the page, but the fourth-stringer has made some big catches when the Chiefs needed him, particularly on Sunday against the New York Giants.
McGrath caught 5-of-5 targets, three of them for first downs, and another crucial grab for a touchdown on third-and-goal from the five against the G-Men. He finished the game as the Chiefs’ leading receiver with 64 yards and was instrumental in a game that was much closer than the final score suggests.
With Tony Moeaki out for the season and both Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce out for the past two weeks, McGrath has filled in beautifully. The fourth-stringer has likely bought himself more playing time even when Fasano and Kelce returns, as he’s looked as sure-handed as any pass-catcher on the team.
The Chiefs were hoping to involve the tight ends heavily in the passing game before their slew of injuries occurred; and with McGrath, Kansas City has found a solution to keep that dimension of their offense alive.