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Chiefs’ third tight end will be battle to watch as offseason rolls along

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Demetrius Harris is suspended Week 1, making the battle all the more important

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs’ battle for a third tight end will be a minor storyline to watch all offseason, given the fact that their No. 2 at the position, Demetrius Harris, is set to miss the team’s Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to suspension.

After starter Travis Kelce and Harris, here is how the rostered group shakes out as it stands right now:

  • Tim Wright, 28 (41 games, 11 started, 89 career catches, 13 touchdowns; did not play in ‘16 or ‘17)
  • Jace Amaro, 25 (17 games, 4 started, 41 career catches, 2 touchdowns, did not play in ‘15 or ‘17)
  • Alex Ellis, 25 (6 games, 3 started, 3 career catches, 0 touchdowns, did not play in ‘17)

On Thursday, I asked Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for an evaluation of the depth behind Harris so far, and he said that though he’s optimistic at what he’s seen, the separation will come later on:

“I like the progress the guys are making,” Reid said. “I’m not sure anybody’s actually separated themselves from one another, but they’re all producing out here. I got to see when we get the pads on, just to see that part of it, but they all can catch the ball and run good routes, but there is that other half of it that you can’t get down in this camp, so that’s going to take a little bit of time.”

Makes sense.