Q & A: Will Chiefs use two-TE offense?

July, 4, 2014
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Here is this week's edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: The Chiefs would like to use a lot of two-tight end formations. They planned to do more of that last season, but Travis Kelce and Tony Moeaki missed all season and Anthony Fasano missed half of it, so they were limited in what they could do there. You mentioned Demetrius Harris and he might help. But the guy who would make a two-tight end formation work for the Chiefs is Kelce. He's 260 pounds but is also a deep threat. If he's healthy, I could see the Chiefs using a lot of two tight ends. The Chiefs got 53 catches from their tight ends last season. That number needs to increase greatly this season.

@adamteicher: Probably not. If both Kelce and Fasano are full go, then Sean McGrath is battling Harris for the last tight end spot and there is more potential by keeping Harris than McGrath. Fasano looked healthy during offseason practice, but Kelce did nothing until the very end and even then he did very little. Until the Chiefs are sure he is good to go, they should hang on to McGrath.

@adamteicher: I'm not going to predict the Chiefs will keep four quarterbacks but I'm not going to dismiss the possibility, either. At least at this point, they seem to like all four of those quarterbacks: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray. They are in no position to be letting go of a quarterback who they believe can be developed into a productive player, particularly in light of Smith's contract situation. It might be in their best interest to keep four quarterbacks instead of, say, 10 offensive linemen.

@adamteicher: Much depends on Eric Fisher and how quickly he can progress after his rough rookie season. I don't think there is any doubt Fisher will eventually become as good a player as Branden Albert is now. But it might take him more time to get to that point and if Fisher struggles at left tackle the way he did on the right side as a rookie, I will agree with you. But remember this: The Chiefs saw that their offensive line was going to suffer some losses and they have prepared for this eventuality. In Fisher, Rodney Hudson, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson, they have drafted four of their starters in the past four years. The fifth starter could be Zach Fulton, a sixth-round pick this year.

@adamteicher: I'd be surprised at this point if the Chiefs had a top-5 pick next year. They have got too many good players and are too well-coached for them to head back to 4-12, or worse. No matter where they pick, they need to address their situation at wide receiver. Dwayne Bowe turns 30 soon and they need to think about replacing him as their No. 1 receiver. And let's see what happens with Alex Smith's contract situation. If the sides can't work something out, the Chiefs will need a quarterback.

@adamteicher: The Chiefs have a lot of possibilities for that spot: De'Anthony Thomas, Weston Dressler, Junior Hemingway, Frankie Hammond Jr. They have some work to do sorting through the candidates, but because he's so fast Thomas has to get a long look. He lined up in a lot of different places during offseason practice, slot receiver being one of them. They have to find a way to get his speed into their lineup, whether it's as a slot receiver, featured back or something else.

@adamteicher: Green Bay's Clay Matthews is the highest-paid outside linebacker based on average salary at $13.2 million. Tamba Hali is second at $11.5 million and it makes sense that Justin Houston would want money similar to or above what Hali is making. That is the going rate these days for a top outside linebacker. Throw in the fact that Houston is only 25 and that is probably a decent investment for the Chiefs..

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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