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Chiefs Work Out Former Patriots Tight End

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Former Giants/Patriots TE Michael Matthews (<a href=""><em>Photo Source</em></a>)
Former Giants/Patriots TE Michael Matthews (Photo Source)

And we have another New England Patriot in the house. Via the National Football Post:

The New England Patriots' pipeline to Kansas City didn't pan out for wide receiver Joey Galloway, but it did lead to a tryout late this week for former Patriots tight end Michael Matthews.

Cut by the Patriots this week after being acquired for a conditional 2011 draft pick from the New York Giants, Matthews is hoping to catch on In Kansas City.

Matthews signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007 out of Georgia Tech, playing in the Super Bowl as a reserve.

Former KC offensive coordinator Chan Gailey coached Matthews at Georgia Tech, which is another quasi-connection to this team.

The important part about this workout is that Matthews is a blocking tight end, for all intents and purposes. Current Kansas City Chief Sean Ryan has given up five sacks this season blocking for the Chiefs. The next highest sack total given up by a tight end is two.

So, are the Chiefs looking to dump Ryan for Matthews? Possibly. Ryan has been fairly good catching the ball this season and with a team nearly devoid of receiving threats, that could keep Ryan on the 53-man roster.

More than likely though, one of the Chiefs other tight ends would be let go. TE Jake O'Connell has played in only one game this season, so he could be a candidate to be let go. I believe TE Brad Cottam is safe based on a word I hate - upside.

Thoughts on the Chiefs working out Michael Matthews?