Travis Kelce is poised to break the single-season receiving yard record for tight ends.
With 1,318 receiving yards heading into Sunday’s tilt against the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs TE needs 60 yards to break the record set by George Kittle in 2018 (1,377).
“If you look at history and look at tight seasons, he has to have one of the best to catch the ball and be a playmaker on offense,” boasted quarterback Patrick Mahomes of his teammate, by ESPN. “It speaks for itself.
“It’s really a special season with a tight end and not just a tight end but just a game-changer. ”
Average of 94.1 yards per game, Kelce is on the verge of breaking the record. In the same year, Kittle set the current mark, the KC TE scoring 1,336 yards, placing him second all-time. With this season’s production, Kelce became the only tight end in NFL history with over 1,300 receiving yards in multiple seasons. He’s also the only TE in NFL history with over 1,000 receiving yards in 5 seasons (Kelce has done so in each of the last 5).
Kelce credits his unique athleticism, which allows him to open up where tight others end his height struggle.
“Being able to get a great body to change direction, I think that’s huge,” Kelce said. “I don’t think a lot of tight ends incorporate that enough. I benefited a lot from this playing hockey when I was younger, being able to play inside and outside of the skates, as well as on the basketball court, being able to put my foot in. the ground and cross.
“Just being able to incorporate other sports into my game has definitely helped me. ”
Kelce also has 98 receptions in 2020, five short of his own single-season Chiefs record (103 in 2018) and two fewer receptions to become the first TE in NFL history with over 100 receptions in multiple. seasons.
The Pro Bowler has won more than 8 receptions in each of its last seven games, the longest streak for a TE since at least 1950, according to NFL Research.
Kelce is currently second in receiving yards, just six yards behind DeAndre Hopkins. If he could jump off, Kelce could become the first tight end to lead the NFL in receiving yards for a season.
Kelce has always been a productive player, but the 31-year-old has reached another level combined with Mahomes’ otherworldly play and Andy Reid’s friendly plan to form an unstoppable force. TE can beef up smaller defenders, get past bigger, slower players, and find gaps in any defense. His relationship with Mahomes on the broken parts is magical.
“The most important thing in terms of the course for me is knowing what the defense is about, knowing the cover,” he said. “Once you know the cover, you can now start to manipulate the defense. You can start to trick them into knowing where you are going and where you want to open up. ”
Kelce opens easily, few people in its place can brag. On Sunday, he could set the one-season record for his position, making his mark in NFL history.