Sean McGrath’s retirement probably means Demetrius Harris will land a spot on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster for the season opener Sept. 7 against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium.
Harris — a raw but intriguing 6-foot-7 prospect, who played basketball in college — might have beat out McGrath anyway.
Of course, removing McGrath from the equation simplifies the decision for head coach Andy Reid in searching for a backup tight end to Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.
“I’ve got confidence I’m going to make it,” said Harris, whose main competition now is four-year veteran Richard Gordon. “I don’t want to just assume I’m going to make it. I know I’ve still got to work hard to make it.”
Still, Harris — who has been targeted regularly and made the occasional tough catch during the first week of practice — wasn’t necessarily happy to see McGrath go.