To say the situation is muddled would be an understatement. After the signing of rookie Cody Slate on Friday, the Chiefs now have six tight ends on their roster.
Career NFL catches from those half-dozen TEs? That number would be 86, with 68 from starter Leonard Pope (left), 16 by the still rehabbing Brad Cottam and two from last year’s draft choice Jake O’Connell. Slate, Tony Moeaki and Leroy Banks are all rookies.
Haley makes it plain what he’s seeking for the position is versatility – he wants a tight end that can block and catch.
“I think tight end is a critical position for the offense,” Haley said of the scheme that he and coordinator Charlie Weis are piecing together for use in the 2010 season. “When you have tight ends that are versatile, that can be strong in the run game and equally strong in the pass game – those complete tight ends put the defense in a little bit of a bind.
“That’s where some of the matchup issues come into play.”
On behalf of the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization, I’d like to personally congratulate you on being named the recipient of the 2010 Richard A. Bloch Cancer Survivorship Award. You have been a particularity candid and effective spokesman for prostate cancer screening and detection over the years.
There is no question you’ve saved numerous lives with your ongoing efforts. Please know we appreciate all the contributions you continue to make to the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community.
While we will always have many reasons to be proud of you at One Arrowhead Drive, we are particularly pleased that you are being honored for this award. We couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient for this honor.
President of the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
The Kansas City Chiefs offense was one of the league’s worse offenses in 2009, and still has yet to prove itself since a man named Dick Vermeil was in charge in the early 2000s’. The 2010 version of the Chiefs hopes to change this around, as they have added some new exciting pieces to a team and franchise that has been starving for play-makers for years. KC hopes that these fresh faces will help ignite many of the current players talents in an an effort to return to the offensive glory that the franchise has seen in the past.
If Barkley is lights out and doesn’t get hurt, it seems unlikely that Mustain will see much playing time. His future hope, of course, is to copy the path of Matt Cassel, Matt Leinart’s backup at USC, who signed a six-year, $63 million contract in July 2009 with the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Helton isn’t writing off Mustain.
“I think he is going to be a guy who definitely helps us in his last year,” he said.