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

Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Travis Kelce

With the NFL preseason a month away, KC Kingdom wants to prepare everyone for the 2014 season by posting player profiles until week one kickoff. Today’s featured player is tight end Travis Kelce.

How did Travis Kelce become a Kansas City Chief?

Kelce attended college at Cincinnati and was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 draft. Many fans were excited by the selection, as Kelce had killer stats in college and could only add explosiveness to Kansas City’s offense.

The Chiefs had acquired Anthony Fasano in free agency so it seemed apparent that he and Kelce would be the two main tight ends in the offense. The football gods had other plans however.

2013 stats

Um… There weren’t any. Kelce had two receptions in the preseason before getting injured and spending the entire 2013 season on injured reserve. Third string tight end Sean McGrath stepped up in Kelce and Anthony Fasano’s absences, which isn’t what Chiefs fans had in mind upon drafting the young tight end.


I believe in Travis Kelce. I recently did a piece on Kansas City players going into their second year and I had nice things to say about Kelce. He’s a big dude and a hell of a competitor and I think 2014 will bring out the fierce side of him that people didn’t get to see last season.

Kelce was drafted to be a dominating force on the offensive side of the ball and I’m excited to see him fulfill that role this season. McGrath did a good job stepping into the starting tight end role, but it’ll be nice to finally see Kelce out on that field making plays.

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