The mischievous All-Pro tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, Travis Kelce, was listed as questionable due to a sprained ankle. However, he showed the crowd that he was healthy right away by thrilling them with a risky lateral to fellow tight end Noah Gray on his first touch during a 19-8 victory over the Denver Broncos.
That lateral has nothing to do with the play. Speaking with his brother Jason on a recent New Heights podcast, Travis Kelce claims that head coach Andy Reid explicitly rejected include it in the game plan. Kelce said
“I’ve been screaming, we need to put a hook and lateral play in and Coach Reid is just like ‘I’m not doing that,’”
#Chiefs TE Travis Kelce reveals that he decided by himself to do the hook-and-lateral play against the #Broncos despite coach Andy Reid saying 'No' to putting it in the gameplan. 🤣pic.twitter.com/VJO4XnS9YS
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— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 18, 2023
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 13, 2023
Following the reception, Kelce moved outside toward the Chiefs sideline, drawing three defenders before pitching the ball back to Gray for an additional seven yards. It all came together. Kelce said
“So I took it upon myself.” “Sometimes it goes for 20, sometimes I throw the ball on the ground and it becomes a fumble…and sometimes you get a first down and keep the chains moving.”
A few years prior, in a game versus the Lions, a Kelce to Sean McCoy lateral almost resulted in an all-time thrilling touchdown.
@Chiefs está contagiado de la magia 🏈 de su QB @PatrickMahomes ayer TE Travis Kelce hace recepción y se da cuenta que lo van a teclear y da pase lateral a RB LeSean McCoy, para meterse a zona roja, Kansas City ganó 34-30 @Lions
— Aaron Soriano (@sorianoaaron) September 30, 2019
In Kansas City’s 19-8 victory over the Broncos, tight end Travis Kelce of the Chiefs caught nine receptions for 124 yards, which was his highest receiving total in a game since 2021.