Several Kansas City Chiefs wasted an opportunity against the Steelers
Blake Bell, Tight End
The Kansas City Chiefs entered this offseason with a gigantic hole at tight end behind starter Travis Kelce. The two top contenders for roles at the spot left open by the departure of Demetrius Harris were Blake Bell and Deon Yelder. Unfortunately, after a really nice catch on Saturday Yelder left the game with an ankle injury. Reports are that after the game he was seen with crutches and a walking boot. With former Princeton quarterback turned tight end/h-back John Lovett already sidelined with a shoulder injury it leaves the door wide open for Blake Bell to claim his spot as K.C.’s unquestioned number two tight end.
The problem is that for every good play Bell has make in the preseason, he’s made a bad one as well. He’s had a couple of nice looking receptions but he’s also had a couple of drops as well. On Saturday he followed up a nice catch and run with a fumble that was lost. While he has certainly flashed some ability at times, he simply hasn’t looked consistent enough to be an upgrade over Harris from the past two seasons, and it’s not like that’s a very high bar to clear.
As things stand now with Yelder and Lovett’s injury issues, I think the Chiefs have to consider bringing in a veteran tight end after roster cut downs happen. Bell could have slammed the door shut on the second tight end spot last night but, because of his inconsistencies, that door is still wide open. He better not leave it open much longer or someone else might just come in through it and take his spot on the depth chart.