The targets are going to be very, very tough to come by for any backup tight end in Kansas City given that Travis Kelce’s talents demand the lion’s share up top. However, the Chiefs are now rolling four-deep at tight end on the active roster, and we’re not quite sure what that will mean for Jody Fortson’s offensive production.
Fortson has been a developmental tight end around K.C. for the last two years, but this preseason, he was finally able to make the leap to the active roster rather than be relegated again to the practice squad. In fact, reports say that the team was pretty sure another franchise would have claimed Fortson on waivers, had he been made available. Hence the reason why the Chiefs kept four players at the position.
Keeping four there, however, means that they need to see real value for those spots or else it’s a waste. Keeping four tight ends only to not use them is like hoarding art only to not display it, and it’s honestly kind of a lame move for the sake of Fortson’s own career (not to mention the Chiefs could have kept other players like Tim Ward, instead).
So if you need to use him, then use him. No one is saying he should supplant Kelce by any means, but if Blake Bell is going to earn a few targets ard/or even get the chance to run the ball, then Fortson is certainly capable of doing more with offensive touches than Bell. So is fifth round rookie Noah Gray.
We’d all be over-the-moon to see T. Rex used during the season, but for now, we’d even welcome seeing Gray or Fortson get just a bit of love.