Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce was asked about missing last season with his knee injury and how tough that must have been.
"It was a really frustrating time but I'd rather not go into the dark ages becasue right now I'm living high and ready to get things rolling on Sunday," Kelce said (via this video interview on KCChiefs.com).
So we'll look forward to this Sunday. Chiefs vs. Titans. Week 1.
"I'm ready for Arrowhead to be rockin' and rollin'," Kelce said. "It will be first time in a packed house, going out there and playing free in front of them. That's definitely one of the things I'm looking forward to is playing in front of this awesome crowd we've got."
It's going to be really fun to watch Kelce on Sunday. He was one of the Chiefs best players during the preseason with 11 catches for 193 yards, including two long touchdown catches.
"I'm gonna try to release the beast, man," Kelce said. "I'm going to put in the work I have to now so that when I get out there on Sunday I can play fast."
Whether the beast can be released will depend on his playing time. Andy Reid tends to use a lot of three receiver sets but he also tends to play to his team's strength so it wouldn't surprise me to see the Chiefs use more two tight end sets with Kelce and Anthony Fasano on Sunday. One less receiver could work to their advantage anyway with Dwayne Bowe suspended for the game.
I do think Kelce will become a very nice piece in the Chiefs offense this season. Considering he missed all of last season, it's reasonable to expect it won't come all at once, particularly early on. I'm tempering my expectations early with improvement to come throughout the season.