Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce isn’t looking back after frustrating rookie year

09/03/2014 4:16 PM

09/03/2014 4:35 PM

You might be hard-pressed to find a Chiefs player more excited for Sunday’s home opener than tight end Travis Kelce.

Kelce, who was taken in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, had the majority of his rookie season wiped out with a knee injury. He could only watch while the Chiefs proceeded to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.

“It was a really frustrating time, man,” Kelce said Wednesday. “I’d rather not go into the dark ages because right now I’m living high and ready to get things going on Sunday.”

Indeed. Kelce has come back full strength this year, and he’s shown plenty of explosiveness this preseason, particularly on a pair of long touchdown catches in which he outran defensive backs.

“I’m as excited as everyone else is to see what I can do out there,” Kelce said. “I put the most expectations on myself, more than anyone can possibly put on me. I’m putting in the work now so that Sunday, I can go out there and let it go.”

In fact, Kelce’s preseason has put him on the fantasy football radar, as many sites have named him a potential sleeper this season. Kelce doesn’t care much for fantasy football — “I’m living the dream, but I don’t live in a fantasy world,” he joked — but seemed to appreciate the growing buzz surrounding him.

“Hopefully I won’t be a sleeper for too long, you know,” Kelce said.

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