Sean McGrath: How “The Beard: Can Help Beat Tennessee

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Last week, Sean McGrath made a huge impact in the Chiefs 31-7 victory over the visiting New York Giants catching 5 passes for 65 yards and his first career touchdown. This week the Chiefs head to Tennessee to take on the emerging Titans, and if the Chiefs want to walk away with the victory on the road, they need to get this once third string tight end involved.

Alex Smith loves throwing to tight ends, that was evident in his time in San Francisco as he and Vernon Davis had a special chemistry. So far for the season McGrath has been targeted 13 times catching 11 of the passes thrown his way. With the Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce out Smith is looking for “The Beard” on key downs and should continue that chemistry into this weekend. McGrath is a big target for Smith at six foot five, and since he has shown he has sure hands he will receive plenty of looks from his quarterback.

He also has the advantage of being in a offense that spreads the ball around. Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, are all great on the outside and with those players being covered that will leave “The Beard” open for plays. While Tennessee’s defense is much improved they will have their hands full with KC’s receiving corp, leaving players open for plays down the field and one of the players they will need to account for is Sean McGrath, “The Beard”.

What do you think Addicts? Will “The Beard” be a big part of this passing offense this weekend? Comment below and, Go Chiefs!

Topics: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, Sean McGrath

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  • Tony Harris

    Cannot bet against him yet. He has played absolutley terrific for us this year. What are the chances that even when Fasano and Kelce come back he continues to start for us?

    • Logan Grace

      I’d say there’s a great chance that he will continue to start, granted he will be the #2 TE once Fasano returns. Kelce is too much of an unknown, and he had several drops during the preseason. Plus I don’t buy that he has a knee injury that has caused him to be out for 4 straight weeks.

      • berttheclock

        I buy it as microscopic hairline fractures in the knee take unknown amounts of time to heal. I have known people who have had them in their hips and healing time has taken well over a year. I happen to be trying to have one heal in my hip. Accident happened two months ago and it is still painful to sit in the driver’s seat to drive even 10 miles.

        Kelce was being used on Special Teams, as well, and Taub would love to have him back.

    • KCMikeG

      Fasano will likely – but no guarantees – be our #1 TE upon his return. I see McGrath continuing to start as our #2 TE until/if Kelce stays healthy and shows he can out produce the Beard. Even if Kelce can with the Beard’s skill set I predict that Reid will happily run 3 TE sets adding another dimension to our ascending, already #10 ranked offense. Imagine McGrath as our #THREE TE! This will allow Reid to direct more passes to the inside opening up the outsides to one on one coverage and we have all seen the results of teams doing that with Avery vs the Eagles and Bowe again vs the NYg. A stronger passing attack and 3 TE’s that are as good with their hands as they are blocking will in turn assist the OL in opening better holes earlier in the game and Charles will run wild. I’m getting goose bumps!

      • berttheclock

        I, also, like the fact Pederson is getting Brock more involved, as well. He targeted him twice and one of those ended up in a much needed 1st down.

  • FaAmos

    I think we need some more TE’s

    • berttheclock

      One interesting fact about the new TEs coming out of college and there will some very fine ones in the 2014 draft is they are being taught how to catch passes. Huge change from the days of Jonathan Hayes, where the majority of TEs were only used to block.

      • FaAmos

        I’ll never let it go, when Pioli drafted Tony Moeaki he had traded back into the end of the third round and Jimmy Graham is the best TE available and I, watching the draft, leapt off my couch and yelled “And the Kansas City Chiefs Select TE… Jimmy Graham” and had zero doubt that was the move and then I heard TE Tony Moeaki, I almost thru my shoe thru my $2K TV. I knew of Moeaki and had watched him in College have some amazing talent but I also knew he never finished a full season of collegiate ball and even missed time in HighSchool and with Jimmy Graham the ex basketball player with the size and speed sitting there I honestly got sick and thought Pioli must be getting paid by the Broncos or Chargers to just F up are roster. The new TE is the ex basketball player who’s a tweener in basketball at 6-5 or 6-6 who’s athletic and can run because basketball teaches players how to get separation by boxing out and how to jump up for the rebound or in football jump up and catch the ball at its highest point. The Saints must have shit themselves because they drafted Graham shortly after Pioli passed on him for a player who couldn’t finish a 12 game season when they play 16 plus 4 preseasons in the Pro’s. I know Pioli’s friends with Iowa’s head coach but that doesn’t mean you pass on the next Tony Gonzales of the future. The best TE’s are the players that played college basketball but are tweeners when it comes to pro basketball but are super athletic just like Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, and even the Browns Jordan Cameron is a perfect example. One thing is for sure though, if a player can’t play through an entire collegiate season not even one time, then most likely he won’t make it through a full pro season. Its a shame about Moeaki because he was a great blocker but also as good as a receiver as they come, he just couldn’t hold up, it’s just genetics and its unfortunate but he would get hurt taking a nap.

  • Aaron

    I like McGrath, I love it when basically a unknown comes in and does a great job. I think players like that respect it more as well as deliver more. I hope he can keep it going. Especially for the Titans game, we will need it

  • Stacy D. Smith

    McGrath has earned the trust of Alex Smith so he’s golden. Smith loves throwing to TE’s and McGrath is one of the few players consistently getting open.

    • berttheclock

      In the story of McGrath over at the Star, much has been made of his being consistent. He said he learned this from meeting with pro players after he left college. He was told to always play consistently. Andy Reid, also, addressed this and gave Kudos to Dorsey and the Chief of Player Personnel, Ballard, for discovering him on the Seahawks’ practice squad.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Half of the battle is getting open and catching the football.

        • berttheclock

          Yeah, and remember when the West Coast and Joe M were brought to KC and KC only had the blocking stone hands of Jonathan Hayes? Without a pass catching TE, the West Coast flounders. Also, remember, that great quip by Lenny about Marty and Tony G? Lenny said Marty had just found out the NFL allows tight ends to actually catch passes. Marty appeared to be stunned when he learned the news.

  • berttheclock

    Just read about his reason for growing a beard. He said it was after he saw a photo of him and discovered he was starting to lose his hair. Great story about how his mother and father came to visit him in Seattle when he was on their practice squad. Both of them wore beards. Story is up at the Star.

  • Jacob Crouse

    The Beard> Tony Moeaki… Too soon?

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