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Patrick Mahomes is ready to get Travis Kelce back for training camp

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Mahomes and Kelce connected for more than 1,300 yards in 2018.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said last week that he should be 100 percent for training camp after going through an offseason ankle cleanup and missing all workouts.

But if that isn’t enough, his appearance at Bar K Dog Park this weekend and a showing at a celebrity softball game in Eastlake, Ohio, should reduce any lingering doubts.

Expectedly, one individual who is especially ready for Kelce’s return is Chiefs starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kelce and Mahomes connected for 103 receptions, 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 regular season.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Mahomes said. “That guy has been working hard. I’ve seen him in the training room working with Rick (Burkholder) and those guys. They do an excellent job. He is itching to go. You see him over there catching when we’re throwing. He’s trying to run around. We have to try to get him off the field.”

Between Kelce’s rehabilitation, the offseason departure of Demetrius Harris and an injury to Deon Yelder, Mahomes spent much of the offseason working with tight ends who may be a stretch to even make the 53-man roster.

Kelce’s return would thus a welcomed one, and given the depth at his position, he will be a player who the Chiefs will need to perform consistently in 2019.

“He’s itching to go,” Mahomes added. “I’m excited to get him back into the fold of things and get him moving around out there.”