3 Tight Ends the Chiefs Should Target to Replace Blake Bell
The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the NFL's best tight ends in Travis Kelce, but that doesn't mean there's no need for depth at the position. Kelce played 971 snaps in 2019, and Blake Bell and Deon Yelder combined to play 444, with Bell accounting for almost 400 of those.
Bell signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, so now the Chiefs have a need in that TE2 role. Here are three players they can target to replace Bell ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
1. Lance Kendricks
While the MO of the Chiefs' offense is usually speed, Bell wasn't used much as a receiver (running fewer than 100 routes on his 397 snaps), so that's not the priority here. Like Bell, Lance Kendricks received a better overall grade than a receiving grade on Pro Football Focus in 2019, suggesting his value comes more as a blocker. Kendricks didn't get on the field much for the Los Angeles Chargers, and he should cost very little to add in free agency this offseason.
2. Eric Tomlinson
For all intents and purposes, Eric Tomlinson could be considered a sixth offensive lineman on most snaps. He had just 59 receptions in four college seasons, and he's been targeted only 26 times on 899 offensive snaps over his NFL career. He also stepped up as a special teams contributor during his time with the New York Jets, playing over 40 percent of their special teams snaps in both 2017 and 2018. That makes him a great candidate to replace Bell, who played 50 percent of KC's special teams snaps last season.
3. Luke Stocker
Another veteran special teams contributor, Luke Stocker was on the field for over 40 percent of his team's special teams snaps in each of the last two seasons, doing the job with the Tennessee Titans then the Atlanta Falcons. He serves primarily as a blocker on the offensive side of the ball, once again making him a good fit for the Belldozer's old role.
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