Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 7/24/13
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Tony Moeaki spent most of the Kansas City Chiefs' offseason workouts watching from the sideline with a baseball cap on his head. Donnie Avery did the same. They're both happy to have a helmet on instead. Moeaki had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after last season, keeping the tight end from participating in the first round of practices under new coach Andy Reid. Avery managed to get in only a couple workouts before a high ankle sprain sidelined the wide receiver. "Good, it's good to be back out here. It was a long offseason," Moeaki said after a workout Wednesday on the campus of Missouri Western. "The training staff did a great job of getting me back and I'm just excited to be out here." Moeaki is no stranger to the Chiefs' training staff. He has a history of injury problems dating back to his college days at Iowa, and that hasn't changed with the Chiefs. He missed time his rookie season with a head injury, and then missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL. He was bothered by a shoulder injury last season, too. He can't afford to miss any time under a new regime. Reid and new general manager John Dorsey aggressively sought to upgrade the tight end position during the offseason, luring away free agent Anthony Fasano from the Miami Dolphins and then drafting Travis Kelce in the third round to provide a downfield threat. The Chiefs envision using their tight ends much as the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions have done the past few years -- as bulldozers for Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, and as options in the passing game for new quarterback Alex Smith. "They like to use the tight ends, move us around, so we just have to be prepared and ready to go every day," Moeaki said. "There's some carry-over (in terminology), but football is football." Moeaki has been a reliable receiver when healthy, catching 80 passes for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns. But he has played in only 29 games over three seasons -- and now has competition. "We have a great tight end group," Moeaki said. "Just have to keep working hard, keep paying attention in the meetings. Every year, everyone is fighting for a starting spot. I'm just coming out here; I'm not putting expectations on myself. I'm just trying to do the best I can." Avery doesn't have to worry about his place on the team. The Chiefs cut Steve Breaston during the offseason and signed Avery to become the slot wide receiver and speedy deep threat that Breaston never was. But his start in Reid's system has been slowed by an ankle sprain sustained more than two months ago. "The first two days I'm a little sore, but I feel good. Good to get back and get my feet wet again," Avery said. "I'm glad I'm here, getting good chemistry with the quarterback and getting more reps than I would in training camp, so I'm happy." Avery was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams, and had a couple of productive seasons before tearing his ACL and missing the 2010 season. He played sparingly for the Titans a couple years ago but started to show flashes of his speed last season in Indianapolis. He caught 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns. "Whatever my role is, I'm here to play it," Avery said. "Coach came and got me for a reason." Moeaki and Avery have been joined in practice this week by running back Shaun Draughn, who was dealing with a sports hernia during the offseason program. Because they were injured, they are eligible to report along with the rookies before the rest of the squad arrives Thursday. "I'm fine. I had surgery in May, did rehab -- a lot of rehab over the summer -- during OTAs and I'm good as new," Draughn said. "I'm trying to get my mind back right with the plays." Draughn knows the value of training camp. He arrived last season trying to work his way into the mix, made a splash in the eyes of former coach Romeo Crennel and wound up playing in all 16 games. He had 233 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and caught 24 passes for 158 yards. "Every day you have to take advantage of," he said, "and it's the same thing this year." Notes: Rookie Tyler Bray continued to take snaps ahead of Ricky Stanzi in the race to be the No. 3 QB. ... Rookie safety Sanders Commings had his left arm in a sling after breaking his collarbone in practice Tuesday. ... The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Friday.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
How to fix the San Francisco 49ers
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Draymond Green mocks LeBron James after flop

Andy Reid: Chiefs can win with Alex Smith

Romo likely to pick team he wants to be traded to

David Ortiz slams door on rumors of potential comeback

JJ Watt said to be ahead of schedule in back injury recovery

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Seahawks expect Earl Thomas to be ready for 2017 season

SD moving companies refusing to help Chargers relocate

Brown could be fined for sharing Tomlin's speech on Facebook

Future denies being on Falcons sideline to mess with Wilson

Green to wear 'Sideline Racism' shoes on MLK Day

Bill O'Brien refuses to commit to Osweiler as Texans' starter

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The Mulligan: Why Chip Kelly deserves a second chance after the Niners

College coaches on the NFL's radar as the coaching carousel starts spinning

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

The sports classic horror villains would play

Guilt-free guide to NFL playoff bandwagon fun

Box Score 1/13: Warming up for the playoff weekend

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill, others as playoffs progress

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name every Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Pro-Bowler in the Super Bowl Era

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

The sports classic horror villains would play

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill and others as playoffs progress

NFL Divisional Round watchablity index

QUIZ: Name the 12 members of the San Diego Chargers in the NFL Hall of Fame

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker