On-the-ground Arrowhead Pride reader “DaSivers” sent this photo in on Friday, showing Travis Kelce dressed in a tuxedo and captain’s hat while holding some kind of food platter.
Word, as you can see from the tweet, is that the outgoing Kansas City Chiefs tight end was filming a commercial for Old Spice deodorant.
As part of Old Spice media for the day, Kelce joined CBS Sports columnist Bill Reiter, and the two discussed several items on the minds of Chiefs fans heading into 2018.
Since he was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Kelce has played with the same quarterback in Alex Smith. That changes this year.
“It is still very awkward,” Kelce admitted. “I’ve only known Alex (Smith) to be the guy in charge. Every offseason, I know I have that security blanket of his passion for the game and trying to up his game every single year to just who he is as a guy, as a brother, as a teammate, and not having that is a little awkward.”
Smith and Kelce combined for more than 3,500 yards throughout their time together in Kansas City.
Smith takes over as the Washington Redskins starting quarterback, leaving Patrick Mahomes in his first full season.
“At the same time, Patrick Mahomes is ready—his mentality, who he is as a person, his on and off-the-field is just as good for what Alex has been for the city of Kansas City,” Kelce said. “It’s going to be awesome seeing how this year’s team meshes, how we come together and seeing what we can do.”
The shift at quarterback isn’t the only thing Kelce is clearly looking forward to. Like all Chiefs fans, he noticed the addition of dynamic wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who mentioned Kelce as one of the many reasons he came to the Chiefs during his introductory press conference.
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“I think it opens up everything,” Kelce said. “Teams aren’t going to have the ability to hone in on two receivers. When you have to play the whole field—three receivers as well as a two-headed monster in the backfield between Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt—it’s a dangerous offense, and you can see in coach (Andy) Reid’s past when he’s had those three weapons in the passing game and hard-nosed run game, the offense is unstoppable.
“It’s going to be interesting to see, like I said, how everything meshes together and how we build the chemistry on the team, but I think it’s going to be exciting.”
One of the more interesting nuggets from the interview came when Reiter asked Kelce about the toughest defender he has ever faced.
With a smile, Kelce talked about the one he sees in the heat of St. Joseph, Missouri, each and every day in August.
“Every single day in training camp, I’m going up against who I believe is the best safety in the NFL in Eric Berry,” he said. He definitely knows how to frustrate me during camp, for sure. At the same time, he makes me better and it’s always a challenge that I love to hone when I’m going up against Eric Berry in practice.”
Berry will return this year after missing nearly all of 2017 due to injury.
There were two in-division players Kelce also said give him fits.
“Outside of [Berry], I’d say (Jahleel) Addae of the LA Chargers … I guess (Broncos cornerback) Chris Harris, when they put Chris Harris on me because he’s a Denver guy and I see him a lot. Other than those two, I really feel I have been able to exploit some of the strengths I have and get open for my quarterback.”
Kelce plans to continue to do just that when he plays with Mahomes for the first time in 2018, which all of Kansas City hopes results in a deeper playoff run and championship.
Kelce watched his brother, Jason, win a title with the Philadelphia Eagles firsthand back in February. He explained to Reiter that while he enjoyed the celebration, he left that particular party a little earlier than usual.
“[I] just got out of that atmosphere, just so my brother, his teammates, my family could enjoy that moment,” he said. “Hopefully one day when I win it I can enjoy that moment too.”