A year after grabbing 47 catches for 556 yard and three touchdowns, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki is ready to step in at Matt Cassel’s do-it-all version of Dallas Clark. Throughout his career, Clark has lined up over the field and been a favorite of Peyton Manning.
During his time at Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, SI’s Peter King talked to Moeaki about playing he same role Clark has in the Indianapolis Colts offense and the second-year players was all for it.
“I watch a lot of Dallas Clark film. We both went to Iowa, and so it’s good to be able to see what he’s been able to do in the NFL. I watch him to see how he gets open against all different defenses. That’s helped me.”
And he helped Cassel get to the Pro Bowl last season, giving him a big target that lined up all over the field the same way Tony Gonzalez was able to when he was still playing in Kansas City.
Being able to be that do-everything receiver is something that Moeaki is priding himself on.
“I want my position coach to have confidence that they can put me anywhere and have confidence in me to run the play right.”
We all know that Moeaki needs to stay healthy, but it was hard to not be impressed by how quickly he has been able to bounce back from injuries in his short time in the NFL. The only time he missed any significant time was after a dirty hit on a kickoff against the Denver Broncos. He only missed one week and came back to catch a touchdown.
Moeaki caught a pass in all 16 games he played in last season (15 regular season, one playoff), something Dwayne Bowe wasn’t even able to accomplish on his way to nearly 1,200 receiving yards.