4 things to know about new Chiefs TE Daniel Brown

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Right at Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Kansas City Chiefs made a surprising move to acquire Jets tight end Daniel Brown for veteran guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The acquisition came just after their trade with the Steelers for pass-rush specialist Melvin Ingram earlier in the day.

A season-ending injury to Jody Fortson against Washington in Week 6 necessitated that the Chiefs make a move for a replacement at the deadline, but Brown is far from a household name most fans might recognize immediately. Here are four things to know about Kansas City’s latest addition to their offensive arsenal:

Brown played collegiately at James Madison

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The Chiefs’ new tight end is a seventh-year journeyman who played his college ball at James Madison and went undrafted in 2015 following a seven touchdown campaign his senior season. He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time for the Dukes, hauling in eight touchdowns in 2013 and seven in 2014.

Though his production outside of the scoring plays was lackluster, he was also a JMU Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete his redshirt Sophomore and Junior seasons, as well as a winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Award.

Brown is a seventh year journeyman that has played for three other teams

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While far from a star in today’s NFL, Brown has had no problem finding teams that want to give him a contract, playing for the Ravens, Bears, and Jets before arriving in Kansas City this week. Playing mostly in a special teams role, he has caught two touchdown passes in his career, one with Chicago and the other in New York. The Chiefs will be able to put his 6-foot-5 frame to work in the red zone if necessary and can rely on him to be a veteran presence in the locker room.

Brown led the Jets in special teams snaps in 2020

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Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub always has his eyes out for new contributors for his unit and may have found a promising candidate in Brown, who led the Jets in special teams repetitions last year with 140 snaps played. Those accounted for just under 75-percent of New York’s total downs on special teams, and he was able to record five tackles in his efforts in 2020.

He converted from receiver to tight end upon turning pro

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Brown fits generally the same archetype as Jody Fortson as a converted receiver playing tight end, and could prove to be a viable receiving threat in the Chiefs’ offense given time to adjust to their scheme. His big body paired with a run-after-catch ability that made him a star at James Madison is an intriguing combination that Kansas City is sure to try to maximize when Brown is on the field. He won’t push Travis Kelce for any snaps this season, but should be a competent addition to the offense as a potential breakout candidate should he see the field against teams that don’t have him scouted particularly well.

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