After a surprising rookie season, Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki has yet to get out of the gate this preseason. But after missing the start of training camp and the team’s first preseason game following arthroscopic knee surgery, Moeaki could see a large number of snaps in Friday’s preseason game against the Rams.
“I don’t think he’s where he was when the year ended last year,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley told The Kansas City Star. “He’s essentially a week behind. But I think he’s coming on here now. He’s catching up physically to a lot of the guys because he was on the side working but not in the same manner that everybody else was.”
Moeaki was second on the team with 47 catches in 2010 — trailing only WR Dwayne Bowe — and his ability to line up in multiple positions, combined with his blocking skills, means he’ll stay on the field. With Jamaal Charles, Steve Breaston, Thomas Jones and Jonathan Baldwin also in the mix, Moeaki’s level of production could slide. But even in a deep tight end draft, he still has the ability to rank as a late-round sleeper.