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Fan favorite TE a TD monster at Chiefs Camp launch: report

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With quarterbacks, rookies and select players arriving for Kansas City Chiefs training camp July 22, some players from the team have begun taking the field in St. Joseph, Missouri to officially begin their 2022 training camp.

Having quarterbacks and some of their passcatchers on the field so early can be an advantage on offense, especially when most veteran defenders don’t have to show up until July 26, when the rest of the team’s players report camping. And that’s not even taking into account that players won’t be able to equip pads until August 1st.

With that in mind, one young pass catcher, returning from injury, stood out early on in the defending champions AFC West camp: tight end Jody Fortson.

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Fortson started Day 1 of training camp on July 24 with some strong efforts in the red zone.

“Jody Fortson had a strong day 7v7 catching three TDs in the red zone,” Chiefs.com’s Matt McMullen wrote on Twitter.

Chiefs Digest’s Matt Derrick described one of Fortson’s touchdowns by quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“Mahomes delivered his best shot of practice in the second 7-on-7 period, hitting Jody Fortson on a curved route on the right side of the end zone,” Derrick wrote in his camp notebook.

Head coach Andy Reid spoke highly of Fortson’s efforts early in the camp.

“Jody looked good out here,” Reid said on July 24. “He sort of tapped away that kind of worry about the leg during those OTAs so he could come out here and function. I thought he looked sharp.”

Fortson’s 2021 Cinderella season came to an abrupt end when he tore his Achilles tendon in Kansas City’s Week 6 win over Washington.

But after rehab and attending the Chiefs-run team activities and minicamp this offseason, Fortson’s efforts early in camp seem to reflect how he’s feeling.

“I feel like I’m ready to go,” Fortson told the media on July 24 after practice.

The Chiefs journeyman explained that the support system around him has helped him pull through his rehab this offseason.

“I just kept my faith, you know? I have a strong support system, especially with my family and team around me,” Fortson said. “So I just attacked every day like I was playing on Sunday. I was in the rehab room working and working like I was getting dressed that Sunday. They never really allowed me to get down on myself. So I was just never really down.”

With Travis Kelce, 2021 draft pick Noah Gray and Blake Bell re-signing with the Chiefs this offseason, it won’t be easy for Fortson to make the 53-man Kansas City roster in 2022 like he did for the first time in the year 2021 has done. And that’s not counting a talented wide receiver room where 13 players go to training camp. Because of that, roster spots for pass catchers, particularly in the tight end space, could be more limited this season compared to last season.

However, Fortson is ready for battle.

“It’s a dog-eat-dog environment,” he said. “That’s how I see it. And what kind of dog will you be?”

With Travis Kelce, 2021 draft pick Noah Gray and Blake Bell re-signing with the Chiefs this offseason, it won’t be easy for Fortson to make the 53-man Kansas City roster in 2022 like he did for the first time in the year 2021 has done. And that’s not counting a talented wide receiver room where 13 players go to training camp. Because of that, roster spots for pass catchers, particularly in the tight end space, could be more limited this season compared to last season.

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