“I’d love to see all of us on the field at once," Kelce said of the Chiefs’ five tight ends. “We’re that athletic in the tight-end room that I feel you could throw all of us on the field. But that’s wishful thinking."
It is a stretch, but not too far from reality. Judging from the first two days of practice, the Chiefs intend to use plenty of their multi-TE formations. Because of their depth at the position, they could keep four tight ends when the regular season begins in September.
The Chiefs do have an athletic group of tight ends, the story said. Kelce, who caught 72 passes last year, is one of the best athletes at his position in the NFL -- even at 260 pounds. Kelce averaged 4.8 receptions for 57 yards and 0.28 TD (on 6.8 targets per game). Kelce owners have a legitimate gripe about his overall targets (103), which tied Jason Witten for 8th at the position during the regular season. Not coincidentally, he finished 8th among tight ends in scoring. He's currently the 5th TE off the board in early drafts in the 6th round. He has boatloads of potential, but Andy Reid hasn’t shown that he’s willing to give Kelce the 7.5-plus targets per game required to finish in the top 5 at the position.