Travis Kelce Adds to the Hype for Rookie Chiefs Playmaker

Travis Kelce told reporters that Jared Wiley is farther along than he was as a rookie
Travis Kelce told reporters that Jared Wiley is farther along than he was as a rookie / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fourth-round rookie tight end Jared Wiley has been one of the Chiefs' most impressive young players throughout summer workouts, making the case for extended playing time in his first season in Kansas City.

The hype train isn't slowing down and even future Hall of Famer Travis Kelce is singing Wiley's praises following the team's mandatory minicamp.

With the Chiefs potentially cutting Kelce's playing time down a bit to ensure he's healthy for a playoff run, there's a path to meaningful impact for the former TCU standout.

Travis Kelce Adds to Hype for Chiefs' Rookie TE Jared Wiley

"He's got a lot of upside. Very comfortable, smart guy," Kelce told reporters. "I would say he's a lot further along than I was as a rookie in terms of just understanding the offense and really seeing the field. He's trusting what he's seeing right now."

Andy Reid's offense is notoriously complicated and difficult to learn, with rookie pass-catchers rarely making a big impact, Rashee Rice notwithstanding.

Wiley is viewed as a potential long-term Kelce successor, having caught 47 passes for 520 yards and eight TDs during his final year at TCU. Similar to Kelce, Wiley is a converted quarterback, so he's got a keen understanding of offenses and that could help accelerate his development.

Reid has said Wiley has a nice feel for the game and it sounds like the coaching staff has high expectations for the 6'7", 255 LB tight end. If he can deliver on his immense promise, Patrick Mahomes will have one more weapon to utilize as the Chiefs aim for a three-peat.

Kelce often praises his teammates, though these words about Wiley are important. Reid and Matt Nagy love using multiple tight ends on the field and Wiley's pass-catching profile is rare. I can't wait to see what he can do at training camp.

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