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Signing of TE Demetrius Harris is good move by Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When taking his season as a whole, it can seem like Demetrius Harris isn’t a great investment for the Kansas City Chiefs. Harris caught seven passes for 74 yards this season as the second tight end to Travis Kelce.

Taking a closer look, he is worth the expenditure. Take a look at the touchdown catch Harris made in a recent game against the Oakland Raiders, when he stretched his 6-foot-7 frame and went up high to make the grab in the end zone. Take a look at the block he made to help spring Knile Davis for a touchdown on the opening kickoff in last week’s playoff win over the Houston Texans.

Considering those plays, it makes more sense that the Chiefs extended Harris’ contract last week. The move is actually something for the Chiefs to be excited about. Harris is still developing. He was a high school football star in Arkansas but didn’t play in college. He instead was a basketball star at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Chiefs knew that it would take time for him to become a productive player when they signed him in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. He’s proving to be worth the wait.

Harris might never be a starter as long as Kelce is around, but he is great as a second tight end and provides great depth. If you’re wondering about how valuable depth is, the Chiefs have had to dig deep into their bench this season at running back, offensive line and outside linebacker. The fact they’re alive and well in the playoffs is testament to how well those backups have played.