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Chiefs sign tight end who tried out at rookie minicamp, release wide receiver Sammie Coates

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Meet Jody Fortson—another tight end who the Chiefs hope has a chance to stick.

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs finalized four signings via the NFL’s transaction report. All of them were players who tried out with the team during rookie minicamp. It appears that on Friday, the Chiefs signed another tryout player.

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Jody Fortson is a 6-foot-4, 226-pound tight end who played college football at Valdosta State University. It’s worth noting that the school lists his name as “Joe” Fortson.

In nine games played in 2018, the 23-year-old Fortson had 14 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. After transferring from Erie Community College, Fortson went on to help the Blazers win the 2018 Division II national championship.

Here are some of his highlights:

Asked by the website NFL Draft Diamonds about what his teammates would identify as his best quality, Fortson said, “Passion.”

“Doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the ball,” he said. “I’m going to bring that aggression.”

We noted on Thursday that the Chiefs were reportedly interested in signing TE Benjamin Watson, but he signed with the New England Patriots.

Fortson provides the Chiefs another option in a tight end room that lacks depth. He will battle Blake Bell, Deon Yelder, David Wells and John Lovett for a roster spot behind starter Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs reportedly cut wide receiver Sammie Coates to make room for Fortson.