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Chiefs have had an eye on new tight end Brian Parker

Former Chargers tight end Brian Parker (left) was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs.
Former Chargers tight end Brian Parker (left) was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs. The Associated Press

The Chiefs have long had an eye on new tight end Brian Parker, it appears.

Parker, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 265 pounds, is an undrafted rookie who played college football at Albany. He caught one pass for 14 yards with the San Diego Chargers this preseason before he was claimed by the Chiefs on Sunday.

“Ever since the college draft came along, we’ve really liked him,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “We monitored him all during the preseason, he’s shown exactly what we thought he would be.

“He’s a really good run blocker, he’s got speed to go down the field, he’s got the hands to catch, but he can contribute on special teams and I see a good ceiling on him, as well.”

The addition of Parker gives the Chiefs four tight ends on their roster, as he will join starter Travis Kelce and backups James O’Shaughnessy and Demetrius Harris.

Kelce did not play in the Chiefs’ final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday because of a slightly sprained ankle, while Harris was limited to 11 offensive snaps against the Rams.

Harris served as the Chiefs’ third tight end last season, at least for the first eight games, when he caught three passes for 20 yards. But then he sustained a broken foot, and Thursday’s action was his first game back.

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