The Chiefs signed tight end Anthony Fasano to a four-year, $16 million contract during the offseason, and they still have Tony Moeaki taking up a spot at that position, too. But head coach Andy Reid wants third-round rookie Travis Kelce to compete for the starting job. And he should end up with that job if he's anything like the player to whom Reid compares him.
Reid told the Kansas City Star on Friday that Kelce reminds him of former Giants, Panthers and Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey "in terms of style of play and potential impact." Kelce agreed with Reid's assessment.
"I think the Chiefs are going to get someone who is very versatile and if I had to possibly choose the guy (to compare himself to), I would choose Jeremy Shockey, just the way he plays with passion and energy," Kelce said. "I think that would be an awesome comparison."
For what it's worth, NFL.com's scouting profile on Kelce compared him to Rob Gronkowski. Kelce, like Fasano, is a solid blocker, but he is much more polished than Fasano as a receiver. Overall, he's more talented than Fasano and the oft-injured Moeaki, who may not be ready for the start of training camp in two months as he recovers from another knee surgery. He seems like a candidate for release in August. Kelce is a deep sleeper right now, but someone who could turn into a dependable target for Alex Smith quickly.