Only a handful of Kansas City Chiefs players know what to expect from new head coach Andy Reid. One of them didn’t even play for him with the Philadelphia Eagles, but rather has been tipped off by his brother.
That would be rookie TE Travis Kelce, the Chiefs third-round pick. His brother Jason was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 draft by Reid and has been through two of his training camps.
In an offseason exit interview, of sorts, the younger Kelce spoke with the Chiefs official site about what his brother told him about Reid and what he’s expecting in training camp.
“He’s going to hold everybody accountable on every single play, on every single step, on every single hand position,” Kelce said. “He’s going to see everything and make sure he gets his team corrected. It is going to be an amped-up camp, high-energy, everybody flying around and everybody trying to earn a spot. There is going to be a lot of competition out there and I can’t wait to get going.”
There is sure to be plenty of competition, though I’m not sure how much of it will involve Kelce. Only veteran Anthony Fasano will be ahead of the rookie on the depth chart and there should be little push coming from the rest of the tight ends on the roster.
We’ve all see what Tony Moeaki is capable of doing on the field when he’s healthy, but he’s yet to suit up for Reid and may not be ready to roll when training camp kicks off.
The other tight ends hoping to land a spot with the team are Kevin Brock and Demetrius Harris. Brock has bounced around since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and Harris is a rookie that played basketball in college.
One of the most promising signs from Kelce is he isn’t heading home during the time off the team gets between OTAs and training camp.
“I am going to stick around the Kansas City area. I will be around the strength and conditioning program here.”
You’d like to see everyone stay in town the first year of a new coaching staff, but it’s always huge when rookies choose to stay focused over the summer. Having over a month away from the team can be a disaster and Kelce seems to be willing to do everything in his power to make sure he’s ahead of the game.