The Kansas City Chiefs shuffled their roster before Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions by signing TE Anthony Becht, who had spent the end of training camp with the team. To make room for Becht on the roster, the Chiefs waived TE Jake O’Connell.
By replacing one tight end with another, Kansas City will still only have two on their 53-man roster.
Realizing that they are not going to get out of the passing game from the tight ends what they anticipated due to the season-ending injury to Tony Moeaki, the Chiefs have doubled down on top flight run blockers at the position. Both Pope and Becht give head coach Todd Haley two extra tackles to use in big sets to help jump start the league’s leading rushing attack a year ago.
Before joining the Chiefs during the preseason, Becht spent a year out of football and was working on his broadcasting career.
O’Connell was a member of a 2009 draft class for the Chiefs that has little presence on the team. Of the eight players selected, only four — DE Tyson Jackson, DB Donald Washington, WR Quinten Lawrence, K Ryan Succop — are still in Kansas City and only Succop has been a consistent contributor.