One of the more interesting position battles during Training Camp was Tight End; Reggie Kelly being the incumbent starting Tight Ends, who splits time as an H-Back; Ben Utecht being that guy that could open up the passing game and Chase Coffman, the all-time receptions leader (247) for Tight Ends in college. The rookie was going to have the longest road, looking for playing time opportunities.
That might have just happened.
On Monday, Geoff Hobson writes that Kelly "left practice with what some were calling a serious Achilles injury. A torn Achilles would end the season for one of their best blockers." If Kelly's injury is serious enough to end his season, that easily opens the door for Daniel Coats, who could get work during goal-line and "big" formations, likely being the best Tight End blocker at this point.
Kelly will become a free agent after this year.