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Chiefs coaches could have big plans for Tony Moeaki

Updated: 2013-08-01T17:37:09Z


The Kansas City Star

— Some thoughts after today’s Chiefs training camp practice:

• Lot of speculation before the start of training camp that tight end Tony Moeaki might be in danger of being released but judging from how much the Chiefs have used him in the three training camp practices, it looks like the coaches have big plans for him. It’s also possible that Andy Reid and the rest of his new coaching staff just want to get a good look at Moeaki, who didn’t practice in the spring after having arthroscopic knee surgery. But the Chiefs are using plenty of multi-tight end formations, so there should be enough snaps to get plenty of use from not only Moeaki, but also Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.

• On the subject of Moeaki, I don’t understand a lot of the fan anger when it comes to his history of injuries. I realize he had some problems in college at Iowa, but he’s missed just two games in his two full seasons with the Chiefs. He did miss all of the 2011 season with the knee injury. But why aren’t fans angry with Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry for the same crime? Can someone enlighten me on this?

• Dunta Robinson missed a large part of practice today with a strained hamstring. This doesn’t have the look of being a long-term injury, but he was also troubled in practice Friday with the same issue, so the situation bears watching. Robinson’s availability is vital to the Chiefs, who signed Robinson and Sean Smith during the offseason to join Brandon Flowers and give the Chiefs a trio of accomplished cornerbacks. Having those three players will allow the Chiefs to defend man to man, which new coordinator Bob Sutton wants to do, when opponents flood the field with wide receivers. Vince Agnew filled in nicely for Robinson today and the Chiefs also have Jalil Brown, but they are a big step down from the trio of Flowers, Smith and Robinson.

• On the subject of injuries, guard Jeff Allen should be returning to practice soon. Allen injured his shoulder on Saturday.

• Ryan Succop practiced field goals today with Chase Daniel holding instead of Dustin Colquitt. Reid said Daniel is the backup holder and the Chiefs were just giving him some live work. But I like the idea of having the backup quarterback serve as the holder. It’s better to have someone used to handling the ball serve as the holder, in case things break down. Daniel, the backup quarterback, was the holder for placements when he played for New Orleans.

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