TE Harris making a bid for roster spot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's not hype to declare that tight end Demetrius Harris looked more than a little like Tony Gonzalez when he went up high over a safety to catch a touchdown pass in the recent Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp.

Harris may or may not ever develop into a prolific pass receiver for the Chiefs, but it appears he has a chance. Harris, a basketball player in college at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, hadn't played football since high school until joining the Chiefs and serving a season on their practice squad last year.

As one of the veterans allowed to participate in the rookie camp, Harris overcame a slow start to camp on Monday by making several difficult catches in the end zone as the Chiefs worked much of the day in the red zone.

Although that was against opponents who were either undrafted or participating on a tryout basis, Harris' size could be difficult for better and more experienced defenders to deal with. Harris is 6-foot-7 and is improving at knowing how to use his size to his advantage.

"I tell you he's a football player now," coach Andy Reid said. "I think this camp was great for him. I thought he played exceptionally well. He's so big and he's worked so stinking hard in that weight room. He's been living in there with [strength coach Barry Rubin] this offseason and you can tell. You can see that he's gotten functionally stronger."

The Chiefs begin full-squad practice on Tuesday and it will be interesting to see where Harris fits among a group of tight ends that also includes Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Sean McGrath.

If those three stay healthy, there wouldn't seem to be much room for Harris. But if Harris can develop into a go-to receiver in the end zone, that's going to be impossible for the Chiefs to ignore.