Coach Andy Reid allowed that Kelce "did a nice job" Sunday night against the Panthers.
"I do like what he’s doing," Reid told the team's website. "He’s just got to keep coming with it and there’s more than just the route running. You got to be able to run-block and then you got to detail all your work there. But, you sure got to give him credit for the effort that he’s giving in the pass game and he sure has a nice skill level."
Kelce caught a deep pass from rookie Aaron Murray and took it 43 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. He saw all of his work in the second half and finished with a team-high 63 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. He has six catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets, averaging 22.7 yards per grab through two preseason games.
Kelce missed virtually all of his rookie season while recovering from a knee injury. He logged one game but had no receptions.
"From here, it’s just a matter of getting back into football shape and getting ready to play a 16-game season," Kelce said.
The 6-5, 260-pounder "figures large" in the Chiefs' plans for getting more production out of the tight end position, the website said.
Kelce missed his rookie year after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee. He'll compete for playing time once he's on the field.
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