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Former Hawkeye Moeaki could have a big year for Chiefs

[ 0 ] July 30, 2013 |

It’s easy to forget about Tony Moeaki’s success last season.

The Kansas City Chiefs were tumbling toward a 2-14 finish, and most fans just wanted to put 2012 in the rearview mirror.

But the tight end from Iowa was second on the team in receiving yards, with 453, and averaged a career-best 13.7 per catch.

“It was a tough year,” said Moeaki, who is entering his fourth season with the Chiefs. “Anyone who was a part of that would say the same thing.

“I think we’re all looking forward and trying to move on, trying to do what we love, play football.”

The Chiefs enter 2013 with a new coach, Andy Reid, a new quarterback, Alex Smith, and five tight ends on their roster.

For Moeaki, that’s a mixed bag.

“If Tony is going to make the team as a first, second or third tight end, all three are going to be asked to be on special teams,” said Mitch Holthus, play-by-play voice for the Chiefs Radio Network. “Tony’s got to stay healthy.”

Injuries plagued the 6-foot-3, 252-pound Moeaki throughout his Hawkeye career, but he still managed to catch 76 career passes for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Playing in Reid system could result in a statistical spike.

“Tony has got a great opportunity,” Holthus said, “because this offense is awesome for that position.

“It’s like going to the church cookbook and it’s 100 recipes for how to use a tight end.”

Moeaki’s skills could even spice things up.

“We’ve seen him when he’s healthy. He is a weapon,” Holthus said. “He can stretch a defense. He can get a mismatch.

“And Andy Reid is all about creating mismatches. He’s one of the best in the league at doing it.”

Of course, Moeaki’s contributions will also depend on his ability to connect with Smith.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was acquired through a trade this offseason.

“I’ve been around Alex for a couple months now,” Moeaki said. “He’s a great guy, great leader. Good quarterback.

“He’s doing great, fitting in well.”

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About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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