The Kansas City Chiefs definitely did not get the production out of the tight end position they had hoped for this season. In the preseason, it looked like the tight ends were going to be a major part of the passing attack, but those plans clearly didn’t pan out. Combined, the Kansas City tight ends compiled just 541 yards and five touchdowns.
It may seem like the Chiefs need to look for an upgrade at the position, but the players they have under contract should all be able to significantly increase their production next season. Sean McGrath led the Chiefs tight ends with 26 receptions and 302 receiving yards. McGrath was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason and turned out to be a very nice fill-in for the Chiefs who were ravaged by injuries.
Despite his inexperience (he recorded his first reception with Kansas City), McGrath showed a lot of potential when given the opportunity. Anthony Fasano was second on the team with 23 receptions and 200 receiving yards. He was primed to be the starter for 2013 but was slowed down by injuries all season. If Fasano can stay healthy, 2014 should be an immensely more productive season for him.
Speaking of staying healthy, rookie Travis Kelce missed the entire season with a knee injury after wowing the coaching staff in training camp. Kelce was taken No. 63 overall in 2013 draft, and despite undergoing microfracture surgery, the Chiefs have high hopes for his potential.
Demetrius Harris is another interesting prospect. He hasn’t played football since high school, committing himself to basketball during college instead. He spent 2013 on Kansas City’s practice squad and the coaching staff liked what they saw. With the success of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas, why not take a shot with a former basketball player?
Kansas City is going to have to be creative this offseason. They don’t have a lot of cap space as of now, and their second-round draft pick was traded away for Alex Smith. The Chiefs have a veteran, two young guys with potential and an ongoing experiment at the tight end position under contract. They have plenty to work with, and unless they can find a huge bargain somewhere there is no reason to snatch another tight end.