With two of their five tight ends currently injured, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed rookie free agent TE Cody Slate.
Slate (6-4, 229) played in 44 games in four seasons at Marshall, catching 199 passes for 2,619 yards (13.2 avg.) with 23 TDs. He posted 50 receptions for 607 yards (12.1 avg.) with four TDs for the Thundering Herd a year ago. The Chipley, Florida native played at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia prior to enrolling at Marshall.
Earlier today we were talking about rookie Leroy Banks getting a lot of extra reps due to the injuries to Brad Cottam and Tony Moeaki. Now that Slate is in the fold, there is another hungry rookie that he will have to fight off if he wants to stick until training camp.
I know Todd Haley wants to have as many bodies as possible for the remaining OTAs but the Chiefs will have to start making cuts as they sign their free agents. Kansas City has 87 players on their roster (if you include restricted free agent Jarrad Page and their seven draft picks, all of whom are unsigned) and can only have 80 under contract. This is the time of year we start to see teams ink their draft picks and with that the Chiefs will be making cuts and injuries or not I don’t see them holding onto six tight ends for too long.
Like Banks, Slate doesn’t have the ideal size for a tight end, but he is a player that produced from the minute he stepped on the Marshall campus and (surprise, surprise) was a team captain.