The former Cincinnati Bearcat was a third round pick for the Chiefs in 2013. However, injuries and ultimately surgery ended his rookie campaign before the season started. This year though, healthy and ready to contribute to KC’s offense, Kelce might become the missing piece of the Chiefs offensive puzzle.
Kelce is one of those rare football players that possess speed and power at the tight end position. In addition, he can also block at the point of attack. With Kansas City hoping to utilize more two tight end sets, Kecle along with veteran, Anthony Fasano, give the Chiefs a solid one-two punch at the position.
Fasano had to deal with ankle and concussion injuries last season so grooming Kelce for a starters role this year made sense for the Chiefs. If the two can remain healthy, they would give Quarterback, Alex Smith, some impressive over the middle weapons. In addition, as Fasano proved a year ago when he wasn’t missing games, the combination of the two tight ends lining up together could become solid Red Zone contributors.
It’s no secret the Chiefs have a plethora of question marks at the wide receiver position. But the tight end position also has its fair share of issues that must be answered before the regular season starts.
However, despite missing the season a year ago, rumblings suggest the team has a lot of faith in Kelce. And based on his highly successful collegiate career, it’s easy to see why the Chiefs feel that way.
Still Kelce has some big shoes to fill in Kansas City. Ever since future All Pro Tight End, Tony Gonzalez, was shipped off to the Atlanta Falcons during the early stages of the Scott Pioli era, the Chiefs have not been able to get much production out of the tight end spot.
Last year the team relied on rookie, Sean McGrath, but he wore down as the season extended into the winter months. This year he’s in a battle for the third spot with former basketball player, Demetrius Harris.
But none of that competition means anything to Kelce. He understands his role and if he can execute Reid’s playbook then its quite possible KC’s offense can go beyond their stellar performance in the months of November and December last season.
In fact, had Kelce played in KC’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts last January, perhaps he would have been the difference maker in KC’s ability to run more clock with a big second half lead.
At the moment, that’s neither here nor there.
But what is paramount today, if healthy, Kelce could be the final piece in what could be a terrific offensive team in Kansas City this season.
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