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Fasano’s frustration understandable, given his history

Updated: 2013-10-08T19:52:06Z


The Kansas City Star

Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano is not used to being a spectator on Sundays. Over the first seven years of his career, Fasano, 29, had proven to be a very tough, durable starter, playing 108 of a possible 112 games.

So it's easy to understand why Fasano, who sat out for the third straight week Sunday due to knee and ankle injuries, felt the need to vent a bit after the Chiefs' 26-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.


Fasano logged the most snaps of any Chiefs tight end in the first two games and also caught four passes for 34 yards on seven targets, but second-year pro Sean McGrath has been a revelation in his stead, catching 15 passes for 180 yards on 18 targets, while third tight end Kevin Brock has stepped up to catch two passes for 27 yards on five targets.

Still, it appears Fasano is missed some in the running game. According to Pro Football Focus, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder was the fifth-best run blocker at his position in the league in 2011 and the sixth-best in 2010. He plummeted to 31st in 2012, when he posted a negative-0.6 run-blocking grade and played all 16 games despite a hip injury and a concussion, but seemed to be on pace to bounce back this season, when he posted a plus-1.7 grade through only two games.

While McGrath has proven to be a capable replacement, posting a plus-1.9 run-blocking rating through five games, Brock has struggled at times, as his negative-2.3 rating (despite playing in one more game than Fasano has) would attest.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid, however, seems happy with the production he’s gotten from McGrath and Brock in recent weeks, though he added that Fasano's frustration at not being able to play is understandable.

“The other guys have done a nice job; it’s not hindering what we’re doing there," Reid said of Fasano’s absence. "I think his frustration is over just not being healthy. If he’s tweeting that, it’s just not about having the opportunity to play. He loves to play the game.”

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