Travis Kelce was back to catching passes for the Kansas City Chiefs
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ST. JOSEPH Julian Love Jersey , Mo. �? Wednesday.If he could do it on the beach, he could do it on a football field.The two-time All-Pro tight end missed the entire offseason after having surgery to solidify an ankle that had become loose over time. Kelce said he had felt discomfort in it the past couple years, mainly on Monday and Tuesday, when his entire body was still sore from a Sunday game.“I mean, it was nothing I was doing,” he said. “It was just the misfortune, over the course of my career I rolled my ankle so many times that the ligaments in there were kind of stretched out.”The procedure early this spring essentially tightened up the ankle, and it kept Kelce from doing any running for about three months. That means he spent the team’s voluntary summer workouts and its mandatory minicamp on the sidelines, absorbing constant “Coach Kelce” ribbing from teammates.Kelce insisted he would be ready for the start of camp, but a watershed moment may have come during a recent trip to Turks and Caicos with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Gehrig Dieter. Mahomes was throwing passes to the three on the soft, sandy beach, and the instability was a good test to see just how strong Kelce’s ankle had become.“There were times my ankle got caught in an awkward position, just running around,” he said, “and I can tell you, last year, two years ago http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-darius-slayton-jersey , that thing would have been rolled and I would have been just sitting there, watching guys catch passes on the beach instead of doing it myself.”Rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans reported to Missouri Western State University for the start of camp Tuesday, and their first workout was on a postcard-perfect Wednesday morning.Kelce was right in the mix, catching the first couple of passes of 7-on-7 and team drills.He didn’t have to report early: The rest of the veterans arrive Friday in advance of the first full-squad workout Saturday. After all, Kelce has earned that right after three consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving, and a career-best 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.But the 29-year-old Kelce, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension in January 2016, figured it was best to arrive with the rookies. It not only gave him a few extra practices to get back into football shape, but also provided an opportunity for him to mentor the younger players.“I’m willing to work. That’s the biggest thing,” Kelce said. “It’s a little different when you see a guy out here going through the motions, walking the walk. Just being out here, working with the guys, showing them Quinnen Williams Jersey , ‘This is how we do it here.’ Showing them by example.”Kelce has his work cut out for him.The Chiefs are perilously thin behind him at tight end after losing Demetrius Harris in free agency, and they could be in the market for a veteran backup once roster cuts happen.But for now, former Oklahoma quarterback-turned-journeyman NFL tight end Blake Bell is No. 2 on the depth chart and unheralded Deon Yelder is behind Bell.“I think we’re going to be OK,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I think putting pads on, who’s going to be able to play on the line of scrimmage and do what Demetrius did there. Who’s going to be able to do that is hard to tell right now, but we’ll find out.”Regardless of how the depth chart shakes out, the Chiefs know who their No. 1 tight end will be.“I’m 100 percent fine out there,” Kelce said. “Didn’t have any issues today.”NOTES: Second-round pick Juan Thornhill was at practice after missing part of the offseason with a calf injury. The young safety is expected to compete for a starting job. “They told me it was going to be OK. Just get treatment and get better,” he said. “That’s the main thing.” … Rookie workouts are closed to the public this week, but the first full-squad practice Saturday is open.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta Keon Broxton has made challenging plays look routine for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The center fielder’s latest gem may have been his best one yet.
Broxton helped preserve a lead in the ninth, rookie Nate Orf hit a solo homer in Milwaukee’s two-run seventh and the Brewers beat the sliding Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Wednesday.
Broxton was on deck when Orf went deep two batters after Brad Miller hit a solo shot off Jose Berrios (8-7) to lead off the bottom of the seventh. It was Orf’s first career hit after coming up empty in his first seven at-bats.
Just a couple weeks ago, Broxton and Orf were also teammates at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
”Yeah I think I’m more excited about Orf’s home run,” Broxton said with a smile.
The Miller Park crowd was just as deliriously happy with Broxton’s catch. He ran full speed back to the wall and jumped with an outstretched glove to rob Brian Dozier of a homer for the second out in the ninth.
Broxton, filling in for the injured Lorenzo Cain, also made a tough catch at the angled part of the wall in center in a 6-5 win over Minnesota on Friday. He made a diving grab in the ninth last week to preserve a win at Cincinnati.
But manager Craig Counsell said Broxton’s latest catch was ”special … that one, he was on the run and had to time everything absolutely perfectly.”
The play prevented a rocky ninth for Corey Knebel from getting any worse. Eduardo Escobar hit his 13th homer and Jorge Polanco singled with two out, but Max Kepler flied to left to end the game. Knebel picked up his 10th save.
The Twins closed out a 1-8 road trip with their sixth consecutive loss.
”Frustrating. Dozier hits that ball and they made a heck of a play on that ball and then (Escobar) goes deep http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jachai-polite-jersey ,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina lifted Orf up by his legs at the dugout steps to help the rookie answer a plea for a curtain call from a vocal crowd following his homer in the seventh.
”They picked me up and that’s when I noticed they wanted a curtain call,” Orf said. ”Next thing I know, I’m in front of all the fans on their shoulders. It was awesome.”
ON THE MOUND
Jeremy Jeffress (6-1) picked up the win despite allowing Dozier to score from third on Jorge Polanco’s bloop single to left for a 1-all tie in the top of the seventh. The hit snapped a stretch of 20 1/3 scoreless innings for Minnesota against the Brewers.
Berrios allowed five hits, struck out three and walked two in seven innings. He got little support from Minnesota’s punchless offense, which managed just three hits in the first 6 1/3 innings against Chase Anderson.
”I feel mad. As a pitcher, I never want to lose,” Berrios said. ”We had a chance to win the game and then they hit me for two homers. So I don’t like that.”
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer got his 414th career double in the fourth inning, matching Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett for the franchise record.
”Yeah, that whole play, I think it was the best play I’ve ever made.” – Broxton on his ninth-inning catch.
Twins: Two-time All-Star RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) is scheduled to make his next rehab appearance on Thursday at Class A Fort Myers. … Molitor said utility player Taylor Motter (concussion symptoms) is on a ”pretty good track” to return from the 7-day disabled list on Friday.
Brewers: OF Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 after being held out of the starting lineup for five games with lower back tightness. … Counsell said it’s a ”pretty good sign” that Cain (left groin) is running the bases. ”We are close, we’re just not there yet,” the skipper said.
Twins: RHP Aaron Slegers will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start the opener of a four-game series on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Slegers, who has made one appearance this season in the big leagues, is 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts in the minors. Left-handed reliever Gabriel Moya was optioned to Triple-A to open a roster spot.
Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (6-3) opens a four-game series against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Chacin is 1-4 with a 3.94 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.