On Sunday afternoon in the team’s Week 4 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chiefs placed Fortson in their goal line package shortly before halftime. From the two yard line, Patrick Mahomes found Fortson for a short touchdown toss, one of five on the day for Mahomes in an effort that likely pushed him into the NFL’s MVP conversation.
Here’s a look at Fortson’s touchdown:
As the tweet above notes, it was Fortson’s second straight game with a touchdown after coming down with his first career score in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers. It’s been an incredibly efficient season for Fortson, doing the most with little as he has two touchdowns but only four total catches for 20 yards on the season.
Fortson was already a great story for the Chiefs as a former undrafted free agent out of Valdosta State who has stuck with the team on the practice squad for the last couple seasons.
This year, however, the Chiefs felt they couldn’t make the same move again despite the presence of Noah Gray, Blake Bell, and Travis Kelce at the pro level. Since the preseason ended, general manager Brett Veach decided to go with four tight ends, as rare as that is. That’s given Fortson his first real chance at the pro level.
Fortson is well aware of his own story, which is why he shared this on Twitter after the game.
From there, Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill, who had three touchdowns on the day himself, tipped his cap to Fortson.
Of course, Fortson returned the sentiment after Hill’s incredible day with nearly 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 11 catches.
After an offensive day like the Chiefs had on Sunday, everyone deserved plenty of praise on that side of the ball.