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What's the deal with Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris?

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We spent most of this offseason thinking that Demetrius Harris would be the second tight end lining up next to Travis Kelce. Then the Chiefs announced this summer that Harris had surgery on his foot but they were optimistic at the time that he would be ready for camp. Obviously, he's not ready. He remains on PUP as the Chiefs enter their final day of camp.

Harris, who was on the practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 2013, originally hurt his foot last November, which caused the Chiefs to put him on IR. Then he had this additional surgery over the summer which has now cost him the entire offseason.

Remember that Harris is a converted basketball player. He doesn't have years of football playing experience to fall back on. It's a bigger deal when he misses time because he has such little experience. Frankly, it's very difficult to find a realistic way that he can be the No. 2 tight end early on this season. That is a LOT of time for someone to miss so he will be far behind when he does return (assuming he does).

Meanwhile, rookie TE James O'Shaughnessy has put on a strong camp. Ryan Taylor has been getting more snaps with Harris out. He's a better receiving option than Richard Gordon. As each day goes on, I start to wonder if Harris will even make the team, especially if they like O'Shaughnessy.

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