It is my pleasure to introduce to you Chief fans, Tony Curtis
I have been following his career since he came out. He is going to give you guys a tough, physical, blocker who can double as a leaping jumping bean in the red zone. He was caught in a numbers game in Dallas which is unfortunate. He beat out their former 2nd round pick in Fasano and had the position, then Mr. Jones goes and drafts a physical beast (Bennett) in last year’s 2nd. Tony proved himself but took a backseat to the 2nd round pick. If you watched HBO’s training camp reality show, you saw the coaches enabling the heck outta Bennett. No matter what that kid did, the silver spoon was never taken away and he was given everything to him. The TE coach literally had to plea with him to come back to practice and tuck his jersey in. C'mon! Are you serious? Well, he is Jerry Jones’ guy and he’ll keep his job before the coach will. Shame… So, now Tony is going to be a Chief. I wish Tony all the best in his newfound situation in Kansas City and hopefully, he’ll be utilized the way he should be.
Strengths: Blocking in all aspects. That's what he's known for, that's what he's good at. Will get beat to the inside on occasion when the defender is slanting inside. Will drive smaller opponents down the field. Shows good pass protection when staying in to block. Flatbacked Michael Strahan in playoff loss two years ago, made the highlight reel when trying to display the nastiness of that game. In 2007, caught 3 passes for 3 TDs. 2 of them he was uncovered Video at 1:53 but the 3rd one against Philly he leaped 4 feet off the ground. Ok, maybe I’m stretching it a little, 3 feet sounds more like it. Look at 1:38 Video On the goal line, you will be hard pressed to find a better drive blocker like Curtis at the TE position. He simply owns the defenders and will stay low, and squat those fat 300 pounders into the endzone. Video Look at 3:16 and see the technique. The biggest plus with Curtis is that he’s a playmaker. When put into make-or-break situations, Tony is going to MAKE the play. For example, the game versus the Buffalo Bills and the Cowboys had to recover the onside to have a hope to win: Video It was Tony Curtis who came up with it to give them a chance. They say it was Nathan Jones but it’s Tony.
Weaknesses: He's going to have to learn the playbook and practice it a lot before he completely understands his role. We'll see what offense Coach brings. From what I'm seeing, he's going to have a lot more 2 TE sets with the two blocking TE just signed. When catching the ball, he’s not going to make anyone miss, but will try and bulldoze the tackler. Has to cradle the ball when running with it and protect it like his newborn baby. He’ll lose sight of that if he’s going to get the ball more. Gotta concentrate Tony, do your thing boy. So, as with most of us professionals, communication is key. He did miss his block last season on a punt that lost the game. But what you don’t know is that the left side of the line was blocking inside the whole game as an adjustment and blockers were replaced due to an injury. Well, when you replace and shuffle an entire side of a line, don’t you think it would be wise to ensure everyone is on the same page? video 4:47
Overall: He could explode and show everyone that a small school kid can beat the odds in the NFL and actually be given a chance, or he could get caught up in another numbers game. He's big, he's strong, he's got hops, good hands. I'm really excited! The redzone is going to be a gimme! Video They nicknamed him, "Some like it HOT!". Anyways, I’m a fan of his and I’ve broken down every film of him for the past 3 years so I may be biased, but he’s gotten a bad wrap by the media in Dallas. He’s been called a potentially good 2nd stringer, but you know what. He beat out Anthony Fasano for his spot and Fasano was traded to Miami. Fasano started in Miami and caught 3 tds last season. I’d actually give him a chance as the starter. Unless you pick up a high receiving draft pick that can hold his own, then give Tony a shot!