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Chiefs News: Kansas City Making Surprising Change to Offensive Approach in 2021

Devon Platana
The Kansas City Chiefs could be making some surprising changes to their offensive approach in the 2021 NFL season.
The Kansas City Chiefs could be making some surprising changes to their offensive approach in the 2021 NFL season. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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After losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55, the Kansas City Chiefs hope that the 2021 NFL season ends with their second championship in three years. However, the Chiefs may have to shake up their offense to get where they want to go.

Even though the team still has one of the top offensive units in the league, Kansas City went from averaging 29.9 PPG in 2019 (2nd) to 28.5 PPG in 2020 (6th). It's not a major difference, but it shows that the rest of the NFL is starting to catch up to the Chiefs' firepower.

Nevertheless, it's looking like the Chiefs are already planning to change things around on offense. The NFL Network's James Palmer reported on Wednesday that Kansas City is trying to establish more pass-catching options for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, which could include an increase in multiple tight end sets.

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The Chiefs selected Duke Blue Devils tight end Noah Gray in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft to bring in some help for six-time Pro Bowl TE Travis Kelce. According to Palmer, Kansas City likens Gray's skill set to that of Kelce and hopes to use both players in more multiple TE sets than the team has used since Mahomes joined the organization.

Gray has started off his stint with the Chiefs on a great note. He's been impressing at the team's minicamp and could wind up being an important part of Kansas City's offense. Fortunately for Gray, he'll have the chance to learn and improve under the best tight end in the NFL with Kelce mentoring him.

Outside of the tight end position, the Chiefs are hoping to get pass-catching help elsewhere, according to Palmer. Kansas City has had high hopes for wideout Mecole Hardman over the last two years, but he hasn't shown any significant improvement. With Sammy Watkins out of the picture, Hardman has the opportunity to emerge as the team's No. 2 WR behind Tyreek Hill.

There's already a lot of pressure on the Chiefs' offense to click next season. FanDuel Sportsbook has them as the favorites to win Super Bowl 56 at +500 odds, ahead of the defending champion Buccaneers at +650 (second).


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