After the Kansas City Chiefs’ 53-man roster cutdown came and went, four tight ends were left on the roster: All-Pro Travis Kelce, No. 2 blocking tight end Blake Bell, a rookie draft pick with high upside in Noah Gray and the athletic Jody Fortson — who finally broke through.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had all four of his tight ends on the field for a Bell touchdown in the team’s final preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings — and our Ethan Willinger later explained why the team’s tight end quartet will be pivotal to the Chiefs’ success in 2021.
Kelce seems to agree.
“I think we’ve got a lot of mismatch problems, man,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “It is what it is. I think we’ve got great athletes, especially the two young guys (Gray and Fortson) coming up and being very professional early on in their career, taking notes and figuring out natural instincts to be able to go out there and play in the field. And obviously, the veteran aspect in Blake Bell.”
Bell, a Super Bowl LIV champion, returned to the Chiefs this year after a sabbatical with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Having him back in the room and knowing that he knows the offense already — we just keep growing,” Kelce added. “There’s a lot of possibilities that we can do with that group.”
Friend-of-the-site Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star followed up by asking for the name of personnel group, noting that 12 personnel (one running back and two tight ends) is called Tiger.
What does that make 14 personnel (one running back and all four tight ends)?
“That one’s T-Rex — T-Rex, baby,” Kelce said with a smile.