Kelce hauled in four passes for 81 yards. He was targeted six times during the contest. Kelce proved to be a big-play threat. His shortest reception went for 17 yards. Kelce was not a threat in the red zone, as the team opted to run with Knile Davis when they got close to the end zone.
Kelce will look for more Week 3 against the Dolphins.
"He’s capable of playing more than 18 plays," Reid told The Kansas City Star Monday.
Kelce was productive when he was on the field, hauling in three of five passes thrown his way for 49 yards. He could see an increased role moving forward.
Kelce, who appeared in just one game in 2013, hauled in his first career catch on a 27-yard gain in the second quarter. He almost had his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Alex Smith overthrew him in the end zone on what would have been a 10-yard completion.
Kelce finished with three catches for 49 yards. He was targeted five times. The Chiefs are back in action Week 2 at Denver.
For a player that appeared in just one game as a rookie and had no catches in 2013,
Kelce led the Chiefs with 11 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason. He is technically listed as the second-string tight end behind Anthony Fasano on the Chiefs' depth chart, but Kelce is being considered as the impact offensive player at tight end for Kansas City.
The Chiefs' Week 1 opponent will be the Titans, who allowed tight ends to average 8.0 Fantasy points per week in 2013. Tight ends also averaged 57.7 receiving yards and totaled eight touchdowns in 16 games.
With wide receiver Dwayne Bowe sidelined Week 1 due to a suspension, this is an ideal time for Kelce to step up in the passing game and show his preseason numbers aren't a fluke. Still, Kelce is more of a sleeper Fantasy start Week 1.
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."
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|5||10/5/14||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
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|10||11/9/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/20/14||@ OAK||8:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||2||0||7||130||18.6||27||0||4||0||7|
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