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Roster analysis 2013 to 2014: TE

Here is another installment of our detailed look at the Kansas City Chiefs, roster by position with a determination whether they improved or not since the end of last season. Keep in mind that the Chiefs can continue to make roster moves and could make significant additions or subtractions before they arrive at training camp. But the bulk of the roster they will take to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph is intact.

We’ll continue here with the tight ends.

End of 2013: Anthony Fasano, Sean McGrath, Richard Gordon.

Serious 2014 roster candidates: Fasano, McGrath, Demetrius Harris, Travis Kelce.

Analysis: The Chiefs, after losing Kelce and Tony Moeaki for the season and Fasano for seven games last year because of injuries, pieced together a decent season from their tight ends with the help of McGrath. They caught 53 passes last season, but look for that number to jump significantly if Kelce is healthy. He adds a nice dimension to their passing game because of his size (260 pounds) and his ability to catch passes down the field. Harris, a basketball player in college, has the potential to help in the passing game. Fasano was a durable player his first seven NFL seasons, but is now 30 and it’s natural to wonder after his injury troubles last season how much he has left. If healthy he can help the Chiefs as a receiving threat in the red zone.

Better or worse: Better unless multiple injuries strike the tight ends, as they did last season.