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Training camp position overview: Tight End

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Gone is Tony Gonzalez and his Hall of Fame career plus his 916 catches, 10,940 receiving yards and 76 touchdown catches. The cast the Chiefs have assembled to replace possibly the greatest tight end in NFL history include five players two of which are rookies another tight end Brad Cottam is entering his second season all together the five players have a combined twenty starts in the league . None of the candidates to replace Tony G have the pedigree to be the security blanket Tony G would have provided for quarterback Matt Cassel . Tight end will be the one of the most competitive and wide open battles in training camp.

Brad Cottam: Entering his second season out of Tennessee Cottam has the size and speed to be a effective starting tight end in the league and was drafted to be Tony Gonzalez predecessor. Cottam started seven games last season along side Tony Gonzalez and compiled seven receptions for 63 yards. While only showing a small sample size of what he can do Cottam did display soft hands. Perhaps the biggest legs up Cottam has in this competition is not his abilities or his size it is the fact that he got to sit back his first season and watch how the best to ever do it practiced and prepared, Cottam should be the odds on favorite to win the starting job.

Chance of making the team: 99%

Jackie O’Connell: One of this years seventh round draft picks O’Connell is a interesting prospect as the Chiefs traded next years seventh round draft choice to get back in the draft and select O’Connell. Jackie did not put up big numbers at the university of Miami Ohio only 46 catches in 41 games. O’Connell has shown the ability to be a effective receiver in OTA’s. If Scott Pioli saw something worth trading back in the draft to select O’Connell expect him to make the team, playing mostly on special teams.

Chance of making the team: 75%

Tom Crabtree: Crabtree is a un drafted free agent that was O’Connell’s teammate at Miami of Ohio. Crabtree will have a tough journey to make this team. The road for Crabtree to make this team will be through special teams and he will have display excellent kick coverage skills and be a tackling machine.

Chance of making the team: 15%

Tony Curtis: This former Dallas Cowboy will be entering his fourth season, his career stat line reads as follows 36 games, 6 starts, 11 receptions for 50 yards and 3 touchdowns. Despite Curtis’s lack of production thus far in his career don’t count him out from making this team he did get coached by Todd Haley in Dallas when Haley was the receivers’ coach. Haley must have had something in mind when he signed him.

Chance of making the team: 65%

Sean Ryan: The Chief currently have 81 players on their roster, this means every time the Chiefs sign a draft pick they will have to release a player. This is not good news for Ryan who appears to be just another body for camp. If Ryan makes the team he will be playing for sixth team in five years, don’t expect that to happen if Ryan makes it to training camp expect him to be among the first wave of releases.

Chance of making the team: 15%


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