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Chiefs hoping Travis Kelce can stretch the field this season

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De’Anthony Thomas was the only offensive skill position player the Chiefs added in the draft and his arrival may bring a playmaker to the Kansas City offense in spots, but it won’t fill their need for a receiver to join Dwayne Bowe.

General Manager John Dorsey says that it will have to be a group effort from the likes of Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins to make the passing attack successful, but he’s also hoping that a player with two preseason catches to his name can be a factor on offense. Tight end Travis Kelce was lost to a knee injury that required microfracture surgery as a rookie, but Dorsey thinks he can be just what the Chiefs need this season.

“The way that group started to come on towards the end, and getting used to the offense, you could see that they were beginning to understand their roles and what they were supposed to do,” Dorsey said, via Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com. “It’s going to be a collective effort. And the emergence of a Travis Kelce being able to stretch the field as a tight end, hopefully that weapon adds another element to the passing game. We took some nicks at the tight end position last year.”

Kelce has been full cleared for football activities, so he’s on track to be ready for the start of the season. With Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath both fitting the blocking profile for the position, Kelce should have every chance to make good on the receiving potential he showed coming out of Cincinnati. The Chiefs could use it as they try to find more ways to spread the ball around in 2014.

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22 Responses to “Chiefs hoping Travis Kelce can stretch the field this season”
  1. vols84 says: May 26, 2014 11:41 AM

    In other words “we are going to take our lumps this year and hope that this is Peyton Mannings swan song”

  2. joetoronto says: May 26, 2014 11:43 AM

    “Chiefs hoping Travis Kelce can stretch the field this season”

    It doesn’t matter, Alex Smithy can’t throw down field anyway.

  3. 700levelvet says: May 26, 2014 11:47 AM

    Andy will never EVER win a Super Bowl … It’s pre determined… He just cashes massive pay checks.. And trust me,if they get to the cusp and have a team that could possibly, he will blow it and them act as if no one but him as a clue.. He made a lot of money in this league.. And that’s it… Let’s have a cheeseburger

  4. therealtrenches says: May 26, 2014 12:34 PM

    As Andy once said when the Eagles’ WR / TE corps consisted of James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Freddy Mitchell, et. al.: “We’re fine there.”

  5. mred163 says: May 26, 2014 12:59 PM

    Funny, the Chief’s need a wide receiver and made NO offer to DeSean Jackson who was drafted by none other than Andy Reid. Does it say something about DeSean?

  6. 505c says: May 26, 2014 1:27 PM

    The offense did well toward the end. The defense disappeared. Dee Ford = Correct Path.

  7. kcflake says: May 26, 2014 2:04 PM

    Kelce and crew will roll this season. Go chiefs!

  8. bspray says: May 26, 2014 2:06 PM

    Aaron Murray is going to be pissed when he finds out quarterback isn’t considered an offensive skill position.

  9. afcdomination says: May 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    if kelce can stay healthy, get 40-50 catches and block the way he did in college(he was NASTY at cinci) then KC’s offense won’t take a step back

    and alex smith CAN throw deep. the truth is that he often doesn’t like the first 9 games last year. lowest YPA not because he can’t throw deep, because he doesn’t like to. Reid finally got Smith to start taking some shots and the final 8 games or so including playoffs Smith was quite effective downfield(see Avery’s 78 yd playoff TD)

  10. ncphinsfan says: May 26, 2014 4:54 PM

    The Chiefs are a good team and heading the right direction, but will have to work through Wildcards because until Manning and the Broncos fade out, they are stuck in 2nd maybe even 3rd because they have to play a real schedule this year unlike last years cakewalk.

  11. eaglomaniac says: May 26, 2014 5:05 PM

    As an Eagles fan, you gotta love Reid and what he has brought to the Cheifs. They were playing lights out Football last season. Andy can help get you to the playoffs but the players have to take it from there.

  12. jredshoes says: May 26, 2014 5:20 PM

    The a Chiefs are building for a long term contender, the Broncos are all in this year and will be in cap hell next year, the Chargers are biding their time and hoping the poor officiating can get them into the playoffs again and the Raiders are the Raiders ( meaning they could screw up a one car parade).

  13. Tarkus says: May 26, 2014 5:31 PM

    Sorry, but McGrath is the definition of a receiving TE. He’s a terrible blocker, so I don’t know where you got that he fits the profile of a blocking TE.

  14. extrametal says: May 26, 2014 6:07 PM

    Preach. Bearded turnstile, generally ignored by defenses.

  15. scrotiemcb says: May 26, 2014 6:58 PM

    I sort of feel bad for all the AFC West pretender team fans who think Denver will be in cap hell any time soon.

    News Flash: John Elway is smarter than you and your GM. Denver doesn’t front load contracts (just look at the relatively low signing bonuses Denver hands out), so even that fat ones are basically pay as you go series’ of one year deals. Denver/Elway can do this because 1) he’s John friggin’ Elway and 2) because he’s John friggin’ Elway and he already has a rep for being the best in the business which means 3) if a player wants to play for a long term winner he’s making a good bet by going with John friggin’ Elway.

    KC, on the other hand, lets its entire O line go away and all the delusional KC fans just keep barking away about some mythical long term plan. Long term plan for what? Another 40 years of getting smoked in the 1st round in playoffs being the high water mark?

  16. Smarterthanyou says: May 26, 2014 7:44 PM

    NFL > CFL
    Chiefs > Argonauts
    USA > North Minnesota
    Everybody > Joe

  17. scrotiemcb says: May 26, 2014 9:21 PM

    Talib = 6 years, 5 million bonus
    Ware= 3 years, 5 million bonus
    Ward= 4 years, 5 million bonus
    Sanders= 3 years, 3 million bonus

    So, essentially, worst case scenario is all four players bust and Denver cuts them loose next offseason. They have a whopping $14 mil in dead money.

    Mind boggling. Worst case scenario, $14 mil in dead money.

    Newsflash: Even the worst case scenario for Denver is nothing close to cap hell.

    So, for all you rocket scientists that down voted my comment on that aspect, there you have it.

    For the rocket scientists who are down voting me because you think KC has some brilliant long-term team building plan going on, I’m sorry, I can’t help you.

  18. gooboy6 says: May 26, 2014 9:55 PM

    I sort of feel bad for all the AFC West pretender team fans who think Denver will be in cap hell any time soon.

    News Flash: John Elway is smarter than you and your GM. Denver doesn’t front load contracts (just look at the relatively low signing bonuses Denver hands out), so even that fat ones are basically pay as you go series’ of one year deals. Denver/Elway can do this because 1) he’s John friggin’ Elway and 2) because he’s John friggin’ Elway and he already has a rep for being the best in the business which means 3) if a player wants to play for a long term winner he’s making a good bet by going with John friggin’ Elway.

    KC, on the other hand, lets its entire O line go away and all the delusional KC fans just keep barking away about some mythical long term plan. Long term plan for what? Another 40 years of getting smoked in the 1st round in playoffs being the high water mark?
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    Bro how much orange koolaid have you drunk ? Broncos WILL be in Cap hell and who will be their QB after Mannings arm deteriorates next yr. They are signing all of these high priced older free agents, broncos better win this year because after this year , they will looking up to rock solid, build from ground up Chiefs for MANY years to come !!!

  19. scrotiemcb says: May 26, 2014 10:57 PM

    Goobro,

    I just clarified for you, holmes. Denver paid these guys small bonuses. The highest single season salary of those signings is Talib, in three years, at $11 million. That is actually lower than D. Bowe’s average salary of $11.5 million. Bonuses = dead money = salary cap hell. Pretty simple stuff.

    $11 mil isn’t too bad for a 1 CB, but the beauty is that if Talib isn’t playing to that level, by time Denver has to pay that, the Broncos are off the hook for a $2 mil cap hit. By contrast, the genius Chiefs are still on the hook for almost $6 mil of S. Smith’s contract and he only has 2 years left. Smith’s contract– that of the big bonus, smaller salary– is the type that puts teams in cap hell.

    When Manning hangs them up, Denver can always follow the Chiefs model. They can overpay for another team’s second hand trash and then share a collective orgasm every time that dude shows a pulse.

    The Chiefs model: Draft a guy this year (Ford) to replace the guy you know you can’t pay next year (Hali). Keep picking guys you already have, so they’re in the pipeline to ‘replace’ the guys that earned a good second contract (Albert, Asamoga, etc). You guys call that a plan. Most call it treading water.

    Its really not fair. Denver, and other NFL alpha males, can lure players on the small bonus/big salary route because they want to win. KC has to throw the big bonuses, because, well, who wants to be mediocre at best in KC for the next 5 years? So your guy calls treading water a long-term plan, when, in fact, its the best that a small market, low glamour team can do in the modern NFL.

  20. bigjeter says: May 26, 2014 11:18 PM

    Chiefs fan here. The above guy is wrong about Denver being able to walk away from all those free agent signings. For example, DeMarcus Ware has $20 million of his 30 million guaranteed. They will have cap problems. But they will be under greater duress in 2 years, not next year.

  21. jimmyjames65 says: May 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    Good luck with those schedules.

  22. jimmyjames65 says: May 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    But someone has to win the division. No home field for Denver this year.

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