TE Leonard Pope - Free Agent

6-7, 250Born: 9-9-1983College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 3, pick 72 (2006)

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2012 Week 8 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Like fellow-touchdown catcher Will Johnson, Pope is used predominantly in "jumbo" packages as an extra blocker. His status as a Todd Haley favorite isn't because of his pass-catching prowess, but on a 4th-and-goal against a defense selling out for the run, he came open and caught the touchdown. His usage this season will be very infrequent.

2012 Week 17 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Pope wasn't involved at all as a receiver until he caught the opening touchdown of the game off of play action at the goalline.

2011 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Pope almost made a tremendous catch in the endzone, leaping high and coming down with a lobbed ball by Cassel. But on the way down, he couldn't secure it. Pope did a good job of breaking open a few times for first downs, but all in all, he was unable to fill the shoes of Tony Moeaki, though if he had caught that TD, it would have been a pretty solid game.

2011 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Caught a check down pass early in the 3rd quarter and again in the 4th. Not much focus in this offense for the TE right now.

2011 Week 3 vs SD (3 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Pope was the first one to break through for the Chiefs on their first down drought, catching an eight yard completion for their first first down of the game just over two minutes into the third quarter. Despite the quiet start, he managed to come up with two more key fourth quarter plays. The first was a touchdown along the back line of the end zone that came as Cassel was rolling out to his right. Pope slid to the ground and rolled over the line as he caught it, then was whistled for a foolish penalty for taking his helmet off. On Kansas City's next possession, he made a tough grab down the seam to put the team near field goal range. But Cassel's interception on the ensuing play put an end to any such hopes.

2011 Week 4 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

After a productive week 3 against the Chargers, Pope was mostly silent against the Vikings. He broke a tackle on his sole catch of the game, but it was still just a 4 yard gain.

2011 Week 5 vs IND (3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Maybe no one has ever epitomized the blocking TE better than Pope on his first catch. He should have caught the ball wide open in the flat and lumbered for a first down but he bobbled it for 3 steps before securing it for a 4 yard gain. He had one other catch (also for 4 yards) but was mostly used as a blocker in the run game.

2011 Week 7 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope was targeted once all day and dropped a wide open pass in the seam. Jake O'Connell- O'Connell wasn't targeted at all but caught a deflected pass for a 6 yard gain

2011 Week 8 vs SD (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pope had one catch on third down that did move the chains, but had no other targets.

2011 Week 9 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Dropped a critical catch in the 3rd quarter and mostly went untargeted throughout the day. KC has not made the TE a focus of the offense especially with Moeaki going down for the season. Todd Haley offenses have rarely been a showcase for the TE and things have not changed a lot.

2011 Week 10 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Pope helped Cassel out on both of his catches. The first, he did nice job of moving the chains after catching the ball in the flats, the second he did well just to catch the off-target ball.

2011 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Pope was very involved early in the game as Palko's second favorite target. He made a nice catch in the flats and did a great job hauling in a high pass over the middle. Later though he was called for an inopportune hold and dropped a ball right in his breadbasket. From that point forward, the Chiefs gave more of the opportunities to Jake O'Connell.

2011 Week 12 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Pope's lone catch came early in the game, and then he was the forgotten man. Known more for blocking than pass-catching anyway, he became an afterthought. Kansas City, though, would be well-served involving him more - especially if Palko, a terrible downfield thrower, somehow remains the starter.

2011 Week 15 vs GB (2 / 2 / 72 / 0 rec)

Pope twice found himself wide open on deep routes and was the beneficiary of perfect play-action fakes from Orton and then perfect throws. The first was a seam route for 39 yards, and no one even covered the big TE. The second came on a wheel route, where Pope against was lost in the coverage and was pushed out of bounds while diving for the pylon. On the replay it looked like Pope actually lost the ball as he was diving for the score, but the Packers did not challenge.

2011 Week 16 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Pope's 13 yard grab came on 3rd and 31 and he didn't have to do much for the gain.

2011 Week 17 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pope had a relatively easy catch until he turned to run with the ball and was lit up. He did well to hold on to the ball.

2010 Week 6 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pope had one reception on first down in the first quarter. On the route, he released from the line of scrimmage and turned a short pass in to a 12 yard gain. He was not targeted again.

2010 Week 13 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Pope had a small but somewhat significant role in this offense, likely catching his only touchdown of the year. Cassel bought a nice amount of time for him to uncover in the endzone and Pope caught it in the corner for the score. He also had a check down pass but was negated by a penalty

2010 Week 15 vs STL (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Pope caught the TD on a play-action fake at the goal line, but otherwise wasn't involved in the offense.

2009 Week 6 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Backup tight end Leonard Pope caught one short pass for five yards in Week 6 against the Redskins. Backup tight ends rarely have fantasy value, and in Kansas City this is certainly true - do not bother with Pope.

2009 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pope has little to no fantasy value, but it's worth noting that he got the start and didn't do anything to lose that job.

2009 Week 11 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)

Leonard Pope won't make Chiefs fans forget Tony Gonzalez anytime soon, but he is a big target and can catch when called upon. He was not thrown to very often, but Cassel wasn't afraid to look for him in the second half, in which he h

2009 Week 12 vs SD (2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

Pope had one reception in the game, but had fewer yards in the game than you did. It was a TE screen and he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage for a three yard loss.

2009 Week 13 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Pope only had two receptions on the day, but his first catch was a big one that moved the chains for KC on a 20-play drive that moved them into scoring position. Pope was able to break a tackle by All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins, where he knocked Dawkins helmet off and damaged his chin strap. He then took it upfield where D.J. Williams had to tackle him after he picked up the first down. It was a huge momentum play for the Chiefs on their biggest drive of the game.

2009 Week 14 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Pope converted a key first on the would-be comeback drive with a TE screen catch and run, but he still looks stiff and slow. He has revived his career with the Chiefs, but that says more about their TE corps than his skills.

2009 Week 16 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Pope was targeted just once officially on a short route in the flat. He was targeted on one other pass and drew a pass interference call over the middle.

2009 Week 17 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)

Pope only had one reception against the Broncos on Sunday, but it was a big one that went for 29-yards. The Chiefs came out attacking Denver through the air, and they took advantage of Brian Dawkins playing too aggressively in coverage. Pope's lone reception was the second play of the day for the Chiefs, and came directly on the heels of Terrance Copper's 50-yard catch and run. Pope was able to gain significant yards after the catch, and was tackled inside the Broncos 10-yard line.

2008 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Pope only had one catch for the Cardinals for five yards. He was targeted once in the red zone though.

2008 Week 2 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Pope caught one pass for 15 yards, and was targeted twice.

2008 Week 4 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope was not targeted in the game and with Arizona down so quickly, he was relegated to the sidelines as the team went to a wide open, multiple wideout attack.

2008 Week 5 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Pope was not much of a factor in the passing game.

2008 Week 6 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pope only saw limited action in the passing game as he was mainly utilized to help the offensive line block. His last reception gave the Cardinals a third and one that they were able to successfully convert on their last touchdown drive.

2008 Week 13 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)

Pope was only thrown to once, but he made a nice twisting grab of a floater downfield. Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid actually challenged the play, claiming that the ball hit the ground. It appeared he was correct, but the call on the field stood and Pope had his only catch of the night.

2008 Week 20 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Pope, who has been battling injury lately, was able to play and caught two passes for 21 yards.

2008 Week 21 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope was not a factor in this game.

2007 Week 1 vs SF (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Pope caught all three balls thrown to him and he was the third or fourth option in the passing scheme.

2007 Week 2 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)

Pope made the most of his limited looks, showing soft hands on a play action catch that he easily ran into the end zone.

2007 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope had only one target in the game.

2007 Week 5 vs STL (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Pope had only one catch for five yards in the game, as Arizona rarely targeted the tight ends in this game.

2007 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Pope had once reception for three yards from Rattay.

2007 Week 7 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Pope turned in a solid performance, hauling in three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. All four of Pope's targets didn't come until the fourth quarter.

2007 Week 9 vs TB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope was targeted twice in the game and was responsible for one of Warner's interceptions when he didn't finish the route and allowed the Tampa bay defender to cut in front of him for the interception.

2007 Week 10 vs DET (5 / 5 / 52 / 2 rec)

Pope had his best game of the year, and the best game by a Cardinals tight end in years. He caught a touchdown pass from Warner (16 yards) and a two yard touchdown pass from Tim Rattay.

2007 Week 11 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Pope caught just one pass that really wasn't intended for him when he was the recipient of a left handed throw by Warner just as he was being brought down by a Bengals lineman. Pope caught the ball one handed and kept the drive alive.

2007 Week 12 vs SF (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Pope had two receptions for 39 yards with a long catch of 31 yards when he beat the 49ers defense up the middle.

2007 Week 13 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)

Pope had a fairly quiet day, catching a laser-like touchdown pass from Kurt Warner in the first half. In the second half, Pope dropped a touchdown catch in the endzone and nearly tipped the pass into the Cleveland defender's hands. Following this play, Pope became a non-factor in the Cardinals pass offense. Even before his touchdown drop, the Cardinals did not run many designed plays to Pope, keeping him in as an extra blocker on both pass and run plays.

2007 Week 14 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)

Pope had a quiet day with only four catches for 16 yards. He left the game late in the third quarter after catching his fourth pass with an ankle injury. He was carted off the field with an air cast on his right ankle.

2006 Week 1 vs SF (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Pope was only targeted once in the game, making the catch for a nine yard gain.

2006 Week 3 vs STL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The only time Pope was targeted, the ball was intercepted in the end zone by Dexter Coakley. Even assigning that target to Pope is very questionable, as there were truly no Arizona receivers anywhere in the area of the football.

2006 Week 4 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Both of Pope's receptions showcased his size and speed in the open field. He did a nice job of creating separation. He turned up field well for solid gains on each of his receptions.

2006 Week 5 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pope was considered occasionally in the offense but caught neither of the two targeted passes thrown his way.

2006 Week 6 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Pope caught a nine yard pass on the opening drive of the game, but he was not targeted again.

2006 Week 8 vs GB (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Pope dropped one pass in the flat but caught a deep ball in the center seam that kept a drive alive. He was not a prime target in this offense.

2006 Week 10 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The rookie from Georgia caught one pass for seven yards.

2006 Week 12 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Pope only had one catch for two yards in the game.

2006 Week 13 vs STL (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Pope got the start and all of the tight end targets in this game, converting on both passes.

2006 Week 14 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Pope caught his only target for a three yard gain.

2006 Week 15 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pope caught both passes thrown his way, but was held in check quickly after each catch and not allowed to pick up additional yardage.

2006 Week 16 vs SF (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Pope had just one reception for four yards on the only ball thrown his way.

2006 Week 17 vs SD (3 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Pope wasn't targeted much, but he was the recipient of a nice 33 yard reception down the seam late in the third quarter. He was also later targeted at the goal line from two yards out, evidence that suggests the 6'8", 265 pound target could become more of a goal line fixture in 2007.