Chiefs’ Travis Kelce on tempo to achieve milestone solely 4 different tight ends have completed in NFL historical past


Travis Kelce is likely one of the easiest that the NFL has to supply on the tight finish place. The Chiefs star was ranked inside CBS Sports activities Senior NFL Analyst Pete Prisco’s high 100 gamers listing coming into the 2022 season and the No. 2 tight finish total, solely trying as much as San Francisco’s George Kittle. Whereas Kittle might have a leg up on him in these rankings, Kelce is on tempo to perform a feat in 2022 that solely 4 different tight ends in NFL historical past have accomplished earlier than. 

The 32-year-old will enter this coming season with 9,006 profession receiving yards. If he can whole 994 yards this yr, he’ll turn into the fifth tight finish in league historical past to achieve the ten,000-yard plateau, becoming a member of Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Shannon Sharpe. Presently, Kelce is sixth all-time in receiving on the place, however solely wants 280 yards to achieve former Patriots and Buccaneers tight finish Rob Gronkowski for the No. 5 spot. 

Courting again to 2016, Kelce has averaged roughly 1,211 receiving yards per season, which might be loads for him to surpass Gronkowski and attain that milestone. If he retains that tempo, he’d additionally leap the Corridor of Famer Sharpe for fourth all-time and discover himself inside the highest 50 on the all-time receiving yards listing amongst each move catcher in NFL historical past. 

This season, Kelce is predicted to be a good greater piece to the Kansas Metropolis offense following the commerce of wideout Tyreek Hill this offseason. Whereas new receivers like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and rookie Skyy Moore will seemingly undertake the majority of Hill’s 159 targets from final season, Kelce will virtually definitely see a chunk of that focus on pie come his manner, organising what might be a historic season as he enters Yr 10 of his profession.

With Gronkowski retiring this offseason, Kelce will be the final tight finish we see attain this hurdle for some time. Amongst energetic gamers, Jimmy Graham (at present a free agent) is behind him with 8,506 profession receiving yards. After that, Jared Cook dinner (7,237) and Zach Ertz (6,841) are the subsequent inside spitting distance. In the meantime, Kittle and Las Vegas’ Darren Waller — two of the extra extremely regarded tight ends within the recreation right now alongside Kelce — are nowhere shut at 4,489 and three,184 profession receiving yards, respectfully. 



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