TE Anthony Fasano, Free agent
HT: 6-5, WT: 255, Born: 4-20-1984, College: Notre Dame, Drafted: Round 2
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For the first time in his career Anthony Fasano struggled with significant injuries that cost him nearly half of the season. The 30 year old tight end was still a factor in the red zone, scoring three touchdowns in nine games, but he wasn't targeted heavily in the passing game even when he was healthy. Fasano is a good blocker that has topped 500 receiving yards just once in his career. The Chiefs expect to have Travis Kelce at 100% this year which could cut into Fasano's use in the passing game even more.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Despite the fact that rookie Travis Kelce was completely absent from the game plan, Fasano had a miserable game. On the first drive he dropped what would have been a huge gain as he streaked down the left seam wide open. He had another big drop in the third quarter on a very catchable pass on third down. While his two catches only went for eight yards, one late in the third quarter was impressive. Fasano caught the ball on 3rd and 4 at the line of scrimmage and literally drug his defender from the point he caught the ball until he crossed the first down marker.
Week 2 - Fasano didnít struggle with the same drops he did in week one, but he did struggle with an ankle injury. Fasano made an important third down grab on a short out on the teamís first drive but missed a large portion of the second quarter with the injury. He returned in the second half and caught an 8 yard dump in the red zone. Fasano was laboring late in the game and will be checked out on Monday.
Week 7 - Fasano was the hard luck player of the week. Two of his four catches came inside the five yard line and both times Fasano was ruled down inside the one. While the first was the correct ruling, the second looked to be a touchdown that the officials just couldn't find a good angle on. Regardless, Fasano jumped back into the middle of the game plan and showed no rust.
Week 8 - Fasano played a solid game, hauling in a couple of short passes and doing a good job blocking, but he missed a huge opportunity. He ran a corner route and badly beat a linebacker into the end zone but was overthrown by Smith on what would have been a sure touchdown.
Week 9 - Fasano had a ten yard reception wiped out by penalty early in the game and for the second week in a row was overthrown deep down field by Alex Smith after he'd gotten wide open. His best play of the day came on a deep cross in the third quarter when he beat a linebacker for a 20 yard pick up.
Week 11 - Fasano picked up six yards on a deflected pass at the line and another 12 on a tight end screen on 3rd and 17. While neither of those plays was spectacular, his ten yard touchdown grab was a thing of beauty. Fasano was left all alone in the back of the end zone and Alex Smith air mailed the pass. Fasano went up high to get it and then came down on his hip just inside the boundary. Fasano also spent a lot of time helping out the Chiefs right tackle in pass protection.
Week 12 - His touchdown came almost entirely because of good play design as Alex Smith rolled right and found an open Fasano for the 4 yard score. His 16 yard catch was wide open, but it wasn't easy. Alex Smith badly underthrew Fasano and he picked the ball off the turf then turned up field to pick up a first down. Fasano was not targeted deep down the field, but he was used twice in the red zone.
Week 13 - Fasano's touchdown catch was the catch of the day for the team and maybe one of the best of his career. Smith threw the ball just over the linebacker's shoulder where only Fasano could reach it and he tipped it with his left hand to himself and hauled it in for the score. Fasano had another red zone target on the team's first drive, lining up wide right and beating Champ Bailey on the quick slant for a gain of 9 and a first down. Fasano left the game in the 4th quarter after a diving attempt led to a head injury, it was also reported that he had a slight knee injury.
Week 16 - Fasano's only grab came on a deep cross where he badly beat a linebacker over the middle for a big gain. Both of Smith's interceptions came on targets to Fasano, but there wasn't anything the tight end could do to prevent the picks.
Week 18 - Fasano was taken out of the game almost completely by the Colts. He was rarely targeted, and not at all downfield. His only real contribution was a five yard gain on an inside screen on third down to pick up a first down.