KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Feel free to give major credit in the patience department to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Kelce, fresh off a Pro Bowl season and a five-year contract extension, addressed the media on Day Four of organized team activities (OTAs).
Initial inquiries weren’t about football, however, and Kelce found himself responding to 12 straight questions surrounding his upcoming reality TV show, “Catching Kelce.”
So, will the program, which focuses on the 26-year-old tight end attempting to find love, be a hit?
“I’ll leave that up to the viewers,” Kelce said. “I think it will be a pretty funny show, but I’m more excited for the actual football season than anything else.”
Kelce revealed he hasn’t seen the final edited version of the show or didn’t know when it will air, but it is scheduled to broadcast on E! later in the year.
He also appeared happy with what he accomplished and had no regrets.
“It will be good for myself and it will be entertainment, that’s for sure,” Kelce said. “It was a good time, that’s all I really got to say about it.”
While it would be easy to get caught up in the extra exposure, Kelce left no doubt where his commitment is.
He is an NFL player, after all, and hopes to continue being a primary contributor to the Chiefs offense after coming off a 2015 season where he totaled 875 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 72 catches.
“I’m 100 percent focused on football and ready to rock and roll,” Kelce said.
OK, but he won’t get off that easy, especially when considering the nature of his TV show.
Did the star tight end find a match?
“Yes, I did pick a winner,” Kelce said.
MACLIN RETURNS TO PRACTICE
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who left the Day Three workout with a minor ankle injury, was on the practice field Tuesday.
Maclin didn’t appear limited and participated in team-related drills.
Defensive end Jaye Howard was not present on the practice field Tuesday, but a team spokesman said Howard was excused for “personal reasons.”
Also not present for a fourth straight OTA because of injuries were running back Jamaal Charles (knee), outside linebacker Justin Houston (knee) and wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring).
Safety Eric Berry, who has yet to sign his franchise tender, continues to miss offseason workouts, while rookie cornerback Vernon Harris was absent because of the NCAA quarters system.
Outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) was on the field without his helmet and offered encouragement to his teammates working on the field.