Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chiefs 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce Due For Breakout Season?


There has been a lot of discussion so far this offseason about finding a way to improve Kansas City’s passing game, mostly via finding better depth at wide receiver. But what if the key is someone already on the roster.

Travis Kelce a third round pick in the 2013 NFL draft and was expected to be an immediate contributor on offense with free agent acquisition Anthony Fasano. Unfortunately neither one contributed much due to injuries. In fact, Kelce missed all of the 2013 season with a microfracture in his knee. The lack of production that came from the tight end position due to his and other injuries may have had a lot more to due with the struggling passing offense than the weak wide receiver group.

Fortunately for the Chiefs, Kelce is back healthy and ready to contribute in 2014. And if Field Yates is correct, he should be in for a big season. Yates wrote for ESPN his 10 second-year candidates to have a breakout season. Kelce is one of the 10.

This is a little bit of an exception because Kelce missed all of last season because of microfracture knee surgery that took place in October, so there’s nowhere to go but up. That being said, Kelce’s upside is as a starter in the Chiefs offense. He’s 6-foot-6, 260 pounds and an exceptional athlete. Andy Reid has long understood the value of a reliable tight end, so Kelce has a chance to be a stud for Kansas City soon after he hits the field.

It is good to know there is someone outside of the “Chiefs Bubble” that sees Kelce as being a significant contributor to the team. Yates went as far to say Kelce has a chance to be a stud in Andy Reid’s offense. If that is the case, given what the Chiefs have added in Weston Dressler and De’Anthony Thomas plus second-year guys in A.J. Jenkins, Eric Fisher, and Knile Davis, then one may think the Chiefs offense has a shot to maintain the momentum they built up in the second half of the season.

Let’s hope Yates is correct on his prediction.

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce

  • Pealvin

    I think he is a big reason why we did t draft a WR. This offense is going to put up big numbers. Just wait and see. Go chiefs!!

  • Erik Hild

    He may have a good season but there will be growing pains you would think, the Chiefs WR corps is still pretty darn week and having a reliable #2 reciever would be ideal. If Bowe were to go down who is our #1 wideout? Donnie Avery? That thought makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • area

    I’ll be surprised if we do not see Kelce on the I.r. designated to return list. Most microfacture repairs take up to one year to recoup from, especially for athletes. I.r.d.t.r. also signifies that he is ready to hit the ground running, playbook and all. I have high hopes for Kelce if he is healthy, that is a really big if.

  • Calchiefsfan

    If the O line holds the Chiefs have a shot. Kelce would be a big addition as would a healthy Fasano. Has anyone heard anything about Harris? Lots of upside but is he ready yet or does he need another year of development? I want to see the TE group emerge this year with Kelce leading the way.

    • berttheclock

      Perhaps Harris has started to develop and that may be the reason they didn’t add Erik Swoope, the six five forward from Miami. He has signed with the Colts. It was the Donkies showing interest in him which led to the Chiefs checking him. Same type of basketball to football, although, he has yet to play football. Now, the TE from Nike is a different story. Great footballer with major off the field issues. GB has given him a two day workout, but, I have not read if Thompson decided to keep him.

      • Deadmeat

        I really want players with Dee Fords attitude. I want to be a chief for life. I hate off the field issues so much.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That’s easy to say before you’ve even signed your first NFL contract. That’s great to hear, but how will he feel four years into his tenure in Kansas City?

          • Deadmeat

            We will see in 4 years. But, KC is a good place to play and live. You rarely here of players hating it in KC.

          • area

            unless you’re Jared Allen

  • berttheclock

    Dave Toub will love to see him back as he performed very well on Special Teams before his injury.

  • Deadmeat

    I don’t care how great or bad the chiefs are. I will always go to the first home game of the year. Already got my chiefs tickets against the titans! I will never be a fair weather fan. I am ready to see Kelce have a breakout year. I watched his highlight film again, he is aggressive blocker and a fearless catcher. Love this kids upside.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I don’t now how you could watch this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUj5zK06orY (explicit lyrics in the music)

    and not be excited to see what the guy can do next season.

    • KCMikeG

      Thanks Lyle! He is such a ferocious blocker that it has defenders afraid to cover him!

      • Blake Molina

        If he can block like Dunn and catch like Gonzalez, I’m salivating

        • KCMikeG

          Guy has some serious attitude. I can’t remember seeing that many pancake blocks on anybody’s highlight reel. Guys get so they are backing away from him so he’s open right off the line. He definitely brings a dimension to our passing attacking that was absent last year.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Two things I thought of when watching this highlight film; 1) How good is this guy gonna be when he has a good QB like Smith throwing to him and 2) Jamaal Charles is gonna love this guy. Man he won’t quit on a block until his guy is on the ground.

      • John Walsh

        Just look at how good Vernon Davis was with Smith throwing to him. Gonna be a great target! :)

    • Horace Lee Madre Jr

      If he can still play like that we will be fine. But he has to stay on the field and produce.

    • mnelson52

      I enjoyed this clip once I turned the volume off.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      Good highlights!
      1st thing that popped up in my head when I started thinking was, is he gonna be like that on the field or is he gonna be in injuries-sitting on the sidelines like the last rookie(can’t remember his name) that was suppose to be a big athlete.
      If he can be on the field, and healthy, then Smith and JC are good with a blocker and a receiver.
      Get Fasano healthy again, and there’s 2 TEs. McGrath was pretty good too.

      Now, they just need a #2 WR.
      Jenkins & Hemingway might be good. Words keep spreading about Jenkins being #2. Who knows?

  • Blake Molina

    I think if he’s healthy, there’s no way Kelce can’t be a great TE in this league with Reid’s system

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    If he can still do what he did in college then we may have a keeper. He got a little bit of nasty too. I just hope he can STAY HEALTHY! No more fine china TE’s.

  • Stan

    If Kelce is 1/2 as good as Vernon Davis (9ers) then him and Alex will hit it off. Alex loves throwing to the TE’s. That will open up the offense and put big time pressure on a defense.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I remember how excited I was about Kelce when he was drafted. That guy runs so well with the football in his hands. In several of his highlights, he flat ran away from defenders. Not many tight ends do that. Love what this kid can potentially bring to this offense.

    • BWrangler

      That IS something special in a TE, plus he’s got great hands and a nose for the open field. But for me, when it comes to TEs (and HBs), a guy that blocks like the opposing player beat his mama gets my blood pumping. How many long gains are made because these big, fast guys get down the field and blow up a LB or safety? This guy is nasty on run blocking, too! Most TEs seem to treat that aspect of their game as a joke.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Only the ones that can catch. Tight ends with stone hands know they’d better learn to block and block well.

  • John Moore

    Kelce was drafted 63rd overall. The next TE drafted was Jordan Reed. NFL.com graded Kelce at 80.0 out of 100, and Reed at 80.5 out of 100. Last year Reed had 45 receptions for 499 yards, 30 first downs and 3 TD. If we get that kind of production out of Kelce, we’d be set at TE.