Kansas City Chiefs replace Ross Travis with Orson Charles on active roster

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Orson Charles
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Orson Charles /

The Kansas City Chiefs have made a minor move at back-up tight end this week by releasing Ross Travis and replacing him with Orson Charles.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of moves to replace the third tight end on the roster with the early release of Ross Travis and the subsequent move to promote Orson Charles from the team’s practice squad.

The move shifts the Chiefs away from having two former college basketball players behind All-Pro starting tight end Travis Kelce and gives the Chiefs a solid blocker at tight end on the roster. Travis was formerly a four-year player for Penn State’s basketball team, while Demetrius Harris, the team’s No. 2 tight end, also played college basketball as well.

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Without Travis, the Chiefs are trading a pass catcher on paper to a better option in the run game. With Charles and Anthony Sherman on the roster, it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs begin to use this combination. Could it be to help free up Kareem Hunt, who has struggled to gain yards over the last few weeks after setting the NFL ablaze early in his career? Or maybe Charles would be a nice short-yardage option?

What should be clear is that Charles isn’t the kind of savvy route runner to make defenses pay in multiple TE sets. There’s an offensive vision here that shows Reid is changing something up. Lost in the process is the Ross Travis experiment (or Demetrius part two) but now we get a chance to see the versatility and toughness of Charles.