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Travis Kelce: I never felt that comfortable last year

San Diego Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs

Peter G. Aiken

The Chiefs passing offense wasn’t a thing of beauty in 2014, but the lack of touchdown passes to the team’s wide receivers didn’t mean there were no positives at all.

Tight end Travis Kelce returned from microfracture surgery that kept him out of all but one game in his rookie season and showed an ability to make big plays as a receiver. Kelce caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns despite playing a somewhat limited role early in the season. Kelce said he wasn’t able to start running until just before camp, which led the team to limit him early, and said this year would run more smoothly.

“My knee still wasn’t full strength last year which is why I’m excited about this year. Now I get the time to take a full offseason, get my legs ready, get my upper body and my explosiveness back that I know I had. I didn’t really feel that comfortable on the field, but we made it work,” Kelce said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.

Kelce said he’s also watching film of Tony Gonzalez this season as he works to improve. If he does build on last year’s results, it will lead to a season that looks a lot like the ones Gonzalez used to have in Kansas City.