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Travis Kelce has had an exceptional preseason so far. The 2013 third-round draft pick is bidding to make a major impact after appearing in just one game as a rookie.
Kelce has looked dynamic following microfracture surgery during his debut campaign. In particular, the 6'5", 260-pounder has showcased a real talent for the big play.
NFL.com writer Kevin Patra has detailed some of Kelce's best efforts through two preseason games:
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught Aaron Murray's first ever NFL completion -- not his first attempt -- and darted past the Carolina Panthers' defense for a 43-yard score.
The catch-and-run had a district similarity to the 69-yard snag-and-jaunt Kelce displayed last week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The tight end finished Sunday's 28-16 loss with four catches for 63 yards, giving him a two-week total of six catches for 136 yards on seven targets.
Kelce is displaying the potential to be the matchup nightmare the Chiefs hoped they were getting when they drafted him last year. His size and speed combination can be an easy route to huge gains in a passing game that lacks many legitimate big-play targets.
Patra grumbles that head coach Andy Reid is still leaning toward the steady and experienced Anthony Fasano as his primary starter at the position. However, that doesn't have to limit the chances of unleashing Kelce on defenses.
KCChiefs.com reporter BJ Kissel broke down the offensive formations used during the 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He noted that Reid deployed "12" personnel, one running back and two tight ends six times. Kissel also detailed the use of "22" personnel, two running backs and two tight ends on a further four snaps.
Using multiple tight ends on 10 out of 35 offensive snaps may not seem like a lot, but it's evidence that Reid is willing to make use of his weapons at the position.
That should mean more reps for the increasingly impressive Kelce. NFL.com NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt has been impressed with Kelce's efforts to refine his overall game this offseason: "This year, Kelce appears to have picked up where he left off, only now he's stronger and better, improving as a blocker. I watched him in three Chiefs practices this preseason, and in each one, he made tough catches, just as he did in the practices I watched last year."
If Kelce can develop into a complete player at his position, he'll have a better chance of seeing the field more often. He certainly seems to be doing everything he can to make his case.