Jody Fortson is going to be missed
Jody Fortson wasn’t just a great story coming into this season of a former Division II player who finally made the active rosters after sitting on the practice squad for two full seasons. This year, Fortson had already proved the Chiefs were right about his potential with a couple impressive touchdown grabs in which he used his incredible length and great hands to bring the ball down,.
On Sunday, Fortson went down without contact on a play in the third quarter that was quickly diagnosed as an Achilles injury. That means a long road to recovery is in store for Fortson, which means the Chiefs are down a significant physical asset in the passing game—the type of player who can come down with a sideline grab such as this.
That sort of pass catcher is going to be missed and it’s sad since Fortson was just coming into his own.
Harrison Butker is a quiet asset
No one really talks about Harrison Butker one way or the other these days. When you’re on special teams, that’s generally a good thing, but we need to at least acknowledge just how steady Butker has been this season for the Chiefs as a guy who can boot the deep kickoff and accurately convert for the Chiefs offensively when the offense itself cannot quite get it done.
In years past, Butker has been needed to put points on the board. Then last season, there were the extra point misses that brought about questions of the “yips”. But this season, Butker has been a model of quiet consistency for the Chiefs and he put up 7 more points, including a make of his only attempt from 52 yards out.
This entire week will likely come and go with this being the only thing we publish about Butker, but it’s worth noticing in a game like this that the Chiefs know they can lean on Butker to be so steady.