Kansas City Chiefs: Dominique Jones

Chiefs position analysis: tight end

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Today begins a nine-part series looking at the roster for the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ll look at one position each day, offering suggestions for what the Chiefs might want to do at each spot.

We’ll begin at tight end, where the season began with such promise before injuries often forced the Chiefs to go with players who joined them after training camp had ended.

Roster (6): Anthony Fasano, Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris, Dominique Jones, Travis Kelce, Sean McGrath.

Potential 2014 free agent: Gordon.

The position: The Chiefs went into camp with Fasano, Tony Moeaki and Kelce as their top three tight ends, but Moeaki (since released) and Kelce never played an offensive snap all season because of injuries and Fasano was limited to nine games. As a result, the Chiefs had to scramble at tight end most of the season. They plucked McGrath off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks at the start of the regular season and he was a find. Mostly because he played in all 16 games, McGrath led Chiefs tight ends with 26 receptions. Still, the Chiefs initially believed they would get as many as 100 catches from their tight ends, but instead they got just 55 catches at this spot. That number has to increase next season. Fasano if healthy should catch more than the 23 he grabbed this season. Kelce will be a factor in their passing game if he also can stay healthy. He showed during offseason practice and training camp the ability to beat coverage down the field to make catches. Another player to watch is Harris. A standout high school football player in Arkansas, he didn’t play the sport in college. He instead was a basketball player at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But after spending all season on Kansas City’s practice squad, Harris has a chance to become one of those former basketball players who becomes an accomplished pass-catching tight end.

The Chiefs should keep: Fasano, Harris, Kelce and McGrath. They won’t need four tight ends going into the regular season so they should let Harris and McGrath battle for the final roster spot. Besides, with the injury problems they had this season, it doesn’t hurt to have numbers here.

The Chiefs should dump: Gordon and Jones.

Free agency/draft priority: The Chiefs certainly don’t need to force anything. They have the bodies to make the position work. But as they learned this season, they can never have too much depth, so if a bargain comes along in free agency or they find good value at a particular point in the draft, they should move on it.

TE move could mean Fasano won't play

December, 18, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs wouldn't need another tight end for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium if they believed their starter, Anthony Fasano, would be available to play.

But the Chiefs signed tight end Richard Gordon, who will join them for practice for the first time Wednesday. Fasano has missed the last two games because of a concussion.

The Chiefs have Fasano, Gordon and Sean McGrath at tight end. McGrath caught a touchdown pass Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Dominique Jones had been their second tight end during Fasano's absence but he was placed on the non-football injury list.

Gordon, at 268 pounds, is more of a blocker than receiver. He played for the Raiders the past two seasons, catching three passes.

Chiefs again make TE contingency plans

December, 5, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Few endeavors have been more hazardous this season than playing tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. They're planning on playing Sunday against the Redskins in Washington without starter Anthony Fasano, who has a concussion.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said the Chiefs would activate 270-pound Dominique Jones off their practice squad in time for Sunday's game to take Fasano's place. Jones played last season and early this year with the Indianapolis Colts.

"He's a guy who's been here," Pederson said. "He's got some experience. He's going to have some opportunity to play this weekend and we're looking forward to getting him out there and still using our two tight-end sets."

The Chiefs went to training camp with Fasano, Tony Moeaki and rookie Travis Kelce as their tight ends. Fasano missed four games earlier in the season with knee and ankle injuries. Moeaki injured his shoulder during the preseason, was waived and only this week was healthy enough to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

Kelce injured his knee during the preseason and is out for the season.

The Chiefs added Sean McGrath at tight end at the start of the regular season. He has played in all 12 games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With a touchdown catch in each of the last three games, tight end Anthony Fasano has become a bigger part of the Kansas City Chiefs’ passing game. But Fasano didn’t practice Wednesday because of a concussion, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Redskins in Washington.

His would be a significant loss. The Chiefs have only one other tight end, Sean McGrath, on their active roster.

Not having Fasano would not only leave the Chiefs without a safety net at tight end, but rob them of their ability to use two tight ends, as coach Andy Reid at times likes to do.

The options for replacing Fasano at this point aren’t plentiful. When hit by injuries at tight end earlier in the season, the Chiefs put out an emergency call to veteran journeyman Kevin Brock, who went to camp with Kansas City but was released before the start of the regular season. Brock has since been cut.

The Chiefs also have a pair of tight ends on their practice squad. One is 270-pound Dominique Jones who has 10 games of experience with the Indianapolis Colts. The other is Demetrius Harris, who played basketball but not football in college.

“I have a couple of guys on the practice squad I like,’’ Reid said. “That would be the reason not to do something right now and then just see how Anthony does as we go. It’s too hard to predict that.

“One’s got experience and one doesn’t. I think they both can catch the football well. One probably blocks a little bit better than the other one. That’s what it would come down to.’’

OL Watkins fills vacant roster spot

October, 30, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs fortified themselves on the offensive line by promoting guard Rokevious Watkins from the practice squad. The move leaves the Chiefs with 10 offensive linemen on their active roster: starters Branden Albert, Eric Fisher, Jeff Allen, Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson and backups Donald Stephenson, Geoff Schwartz, Eric Kush, Rishaw Johnson and Watkins.

Watkins fills the roster spot left vacant on Tuesday when the Chiefs released tight end Kevin Brock.

Rookie defensive back Sanders Commings, who has been on the injured-reserve list all season, could be activated in time for Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo.

The Chiefs also added 270-pound tight end Dominique Jones to their practice squad. He started two games for the Colts this season and recorded two catches.