KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The upcoming timeline still is foggy for tight end Travis Kelce.
The retirement of Rob Gronkowski led many to dub the Kansas City Chiefs tight end as the best at his position in the NFL, though some argued so before the fact.
Kelce underwent offseason surgery on his ankle and told reporters when arriving at the practice facility for offseason workouts Monday that he was three days removed from getting out of the boot.
“The ankle’s getting there,” Kelce said. “It feels good. I finally got out the boot on Friday and everything feels good and we’re on track.”
Kelce is still unable to go through everything with his teammates early this offseason, which consists of mainly strength and conditioning. There is no timetable for a full recovery as he takes things “week-by-week”
“I’m working out,” Kelce said. “I’m just not able to get out on the field quite yet. Everything’s just in the treatment and rehab, just doing small stuff to get my ankle more stability.”
Despite surgery, Kelce comes in the 2019 season with high expectations after a career year in 2018. He totaled 103 catches for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns. Outside of Kelce, questions remain at the tight end position for the Chiefs since moving on from Demetrius Harris. He signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Browns.
“D-Harris is always going to be a brother to a lot of guys in this locker room,” Kelce said. “I’m happy and I’m excited for him to get a new opportunity, well-deserved opportunity, and I think he’s going to be just fine where he is.”
While the position could be addressed in a deep NFL draft with multiple tight ends with starting potential, the Chiefs could stay in house, as well. Deon Yelder and David Wells were undrafted rookies in 2018 still with the team, a Blake Bell signed a one-year deal in free agency.
Bell, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma in in 2014, has totaled 30 catches for 357 yards in his career.
“Blake’s an addition I think is awesome. Blake, he can roll. He’s an athlete – a former quarterback like myself,” Kelce said with a chuckle. “A former Wildcat guy like myself – I wouldn’t call myself a quarterback.
“So yeah, it’s just cool to have the Belldozer in.”