Another Reason Kevin Boss Is Needed

CAPTION: July 31, 2011; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81), who is listed as unable to physically perform, watches drills during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIR

Last night on the Chop Talk Podcast, Matt Conner of SB Nation KC brought up a simple, yet important question: What if all the injured Kansas City Chiefs players don't come back healthy next season?

[Related: Chop Talk Podcast Audio]

He's speaking, of course, about Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles, among other injured players. It's a question that probably doesn't get asked enough around here. As Chiefs fans, we're naturally pretty optimistic about our team so we're assuming that all three of those guys will not only return from their ACL tears but return as good if not better than they were before.

But that doesn't always happen. Over the weekend Romeo Crennel was asked about the addition of tight end Kevin Boss and what he said reminded me that these players coming back 100 percent healthy is not a given.

"Having that flexibility, we felt, was important for us to be able to do that. We were hoping that Tony would come back full speed, but you just never know. If we could get a guy who could complement - a blocking tight end, another guy that could catch - if something were to happen to Tony, or Tony couldn't make it back to where we hope that he does, then we felt like that's pretty good for us."

So while we're seeing a lot of stories floating around that talk about the Chiefs two tight end sets, we also have to remember that there's a scenario in which Boss is the featured tight end, the scenario that involves another injury for Moeaki. I certainly don't want that to happen but it's not something that would be unheard of. Considering Moeaki's injury history, it's a legitimate possibility for which they need to be prepared.

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