Arrowhead Guys has decided to analyze the roster, position by position, following the draft in order to project the Final 53 Man roster and identify interesting roster battles to keep an eye on. In order to predict the number of players that will make the final roster per position we analyzed trends for the Kansas City Chiefs offense from 2016-2018 and the New York Giants from 2007-2008 and 2017 to determine number of offensive and defensive players kept at each position by both Andy Reid and Steve Spagnuolo.
Currently Under Contract: 7
|Jody Fortson||1||TE||6-6||230||R||Valdosta State|
|Nick Keizer||82||TE||6-4||251||1||Grand Valley State|
|David Wells||88||TE||6-6||260||1||San Diego State|
|Deon Yelder||82||TE||6-4||255||2||Western Kentucky|
Projected Roster Spots: 3
Andy Reid almost always carries 3 Tight Ends, barring a season opening suspension. Looking at you Demetrius.
Travis Kelce has been the bread and butter at this position, and it’s one that we have seen Andy use in 2 and occasionally 3-sets for mismatches. While this group isn’t exactly a detriment currently, one badly timed injury could lead to a lot of wanting. Blake Bell was signed just a few short moons ago, and though he may well just be a camp body, he is joined by two more of the “camp fodder” type in David Wells and Deon Yelder. Bell projects closer to a TE2 than either of the other two.
Blake Bell— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 17, 2019
Bell signed with the #Chiefs earlier this month.
Bell has history with the Chiefs. His uncle, Mike Bell, is 8th all-time in Chiefs history for sacks (40).
Bell brings with him additional blocking, coming off a 79.6 Pass Block grade (T-8th, TE with 10+ PB snaps).
David Wells— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) April 17, 2019
Wells was signed after the 2018 Draft by the Cowboys & after the preseason by the #Chiefs.
Wells played 13 preseason snaps & got a 66.1 Overall grade.
At San Diego St, Wells received grades of 82.2 Overall, 75.9 Receiving, 71.0 Pass Block, & 79.6 Run Block In 2016
New additions to the Chiefs 90 Man Roster include the Chiefs 7th round draft selection out of Illinois Nick Allegretti, who Dan Harms reviewed here, and Undrafted Free Agent Dino Boyd out of Cincinnati.
Looks like UDFA Swiss Army knife John Lovett was running with a 1st team at TE a little bit today😯 #ChiefsKingdom— Arrowhead Live (@ArrowheadLive) June 5, 2019
Before the draft Arrowhead Guys had the following to say about the TE position:
I fervently believe Veach is eyeing this position in the draft. Regardless of how All-World Travis Kelce can be — and has been — for the Chiefs, considering the lack of high-end talent behind him and the remaining length of his contract, Kansas City needs to be looking forward to injecting new blood into this position group. Kelce was a favorite security blanket for Mahomes last season, and should he miss any extended time there’s no telling what that may do to the offense. I also expect Reid would like to get back to more 2TE sets without having to rely on subpar talent on the field.
The draft has come and went without a draft pick being spent on a TE. Instead the Kansas City Chiefs added a couple UDFA’s and a 1 yet vet to the squad in Fortson, Keizer and Lovett. There has been some buzz recently about former Princeton QB/TE/H-Back John Lovett however, so he will be worth keeping an eye on. It is with great sorrow, however, that I report he is not a former basketball player.
I predict the Chiefs will carry Travis Kelce, Blake Bell and John Lovett on the roster Week 1.
Roster Locks: Kelce
Bubble Busters: Bell, Lovett, Yelder
Camp Bodies: Fortson, Keizer, Wells