That’s 16 games and just 541 yards altogether.
This season, through three preseason games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings, the Chiefs offense has seen a total of 285 yards receiving from three different tight ends.
The running backs and wide receivers have just 365 yards receiving combined during that same time, which means 44-percent of the receiving yards this preseason have come from the tight ends.
Last season, the 541 yards receiving from the tight ends accounted for just 15-percent of the total receiving yards of the offense.
Obviously Charles will still be a major factor in the passing game heading into the season, but it looks like a healthy Fasano and Kelce, along with an emerging-Harris should be able to add some production as well.
But in order for the passing game to function at a high level, there’s still the matter of the shuffling of the offensive line. That is an area that needs to be cleaned-up as the group has surrendered 14 sacks through three games.
“I think those guys are so versatile that they’re a matchup problem,” Smith said. “They can matchup on smaller guys and block and we can run the ball and they can make a lot of plays in the passing game as well.”
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said Fasano has helped bring along this young group.
“Anthony (Fasano) is the smart guy,” Pederson said. “He’s the ring-leader in their room and he really encourages the young guys and helps them study and helps them prepare.”
Fasano will continue to be leaned on for his leadership with this young, talented group.
They’ve shown during these three preseason games what they’re capable of bringing to the offense, and they’ll continue to be given that opportunity as the regular season approaches.