In: Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, Noah Gray, Jody Fortson
Travis Kelce is not only the best at his position, but he was recently ranked No. 5 on the NFL’s Top 100 players overall for the 2021 season, so that tells you something about the level of dominance here. It also says something about the lack of chances for players behind him.
For Blake Bell, that’s not a real issue considering he’s present and accounted for here for his blocking skills. Behind him, the Chiefs are excited about Noah Gray’s potential as a fifth round rookie, and when it’s time to start resting Kelce more as the regular season wears on, we’re likely going to see Gray begin to emerge as an offensive weapon.
Beyond that, it might sound odd to carry four tight ends, but the Chiefs have done so before on multiple occasions with Andy Reid as head coach and Fortson deserves the spot. After two years developing on the team’s practice squad, he’s rewarded them with strong hands and improved blocking and could be an exciting young players. We’re also not sure when/how he’s going to get those reps.
We’re forecasting zero trades here, but any smart team would toss the Chiefs something for the chance to bring in Jody Fortson into a situation with very real opportunity.