The Kansas City Chiefs spent a third round pick on TE Tony Moeaki out of Iowa. He wasn't expected to be Tony Gonzalez but he was expected to fairly quickly become the Chiefs best receiving option at tight end.
The biggest knock on him coming out of school was a somewhat significant injury history.
He started off practicing with the Chiefs during their rookie minicamp in May. After that, he missed about a month with some sort of stomach issue.
He returned in training camp to get off to a good start. Less than two weeks in, he was injured again in the Chiefs intra-squad scrimmage.
That caused him to miss the first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
He traveled and dressed for the second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs started in a double tight end set with Moeaki and he wasn't seen from after that play. [Editor's Note: So technically his debut was last week but you know what I mean.]
So now we stand at the third preseason game with little idea of what Moeaki can do against another NFL team. And the problem with that is he's already behind Leonard Pope. The Chiefs love Pope so I'm not sure if Moeaki was ever a legitimate contender to take the starting job in week one but his absence during the first two preseason games seemingly confirm he won't.
I would think he'll play this evening against the Philadelphia Eagles Then again, I thought he would be playing last week against the Bucs.
Maybe we'll see Moeaki's debut this evening.