TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-5, 255||Born: 10-5-1989||College: Cincinnati||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 19 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce continued his fantastic 2016 season by catching five passes for 77 yards and eight targets against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite the Chiefs season ending on a low note, Kelce had nothing to be ashamed of. He was a dominant force for much of the season, and became arguably the best tight end in football with Rob Gronkowski injured for much of the year. He was able to find seems in the Pittsburgh secondary, despite being double teamed on nearly every play, and the Chiefs inability to come away with a win was hardly his fault.
2016 Week 17 vs SD (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
After setting the NFL on fire over the last six weeks, Travis Kelce was very quiet against the Chargers on Sunday. He finished the day with only one reception for eight yards on two targets. Previously, Kelce had five 100+ yard games in the last six weeks, so it was somewhat disappointing for Kelce to end the season on such a sour note. With that said, he will have a great opportunity to showcase his skills in the playoffs, and will be a big part of any deep run that the Chiefs have in the post-season.
2016 Week 16 vs DEN (12 / 11 / 160 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce caught 11 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. It was the fifth time in the last six games that Kelce has broken the 100+ yard mark, and his play in the second half of the season has cemented him as the best tight end in football this season. With his receptions, yards and touchdown this week, he has broken his career mark in all three categories. Kelce's biggest play of the night came on a second and six from the Kanas City 20 yard line. After lining up on the left side of the formation, Kelce ran a shallow slant that was designed as a clear out route for him to gain yards after the catch. And that is exactly what he did, breaking an initial arm tackle and making several quick cuts where he weaved his way through the Broncos secondary. The play went down as an 80 yard touchdown reception, the longest play of the season for Kelce. The Chiefs conservative offense made it very difficult to project them moving deep in the playoffs against the high powered offenses in the AFC. However, with Tyreek Hill's emergence, and Kelce dominating the opposition, the Chiefs are now a force to be reckoned with. It will be fun watching them in the playoffs, as they can beat you in a variety of ways. Kelce deserves to be on the big stage, and he will have that opportunity this season as the go-to playmaker for Kansas City.
2016 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught three passes for 41 yards on six targets. He came into the game with four consecutive games of 100+ receiving yards, but was unable to continue that streak with the Titans secondary paying particular attention to slowing him down. The strategy worked, as without Kelce running wild through the middle of the field, the Chiefs offense stalled and were unable to generate any big plays, converting only one of four tries in the red zone. Kelce has been at his best when seeing down the middle of the field, as well as clear out routes where he can use his speed to break off big chunks of yards after the catch. If the Chiefs have designs of running deep in the playoffs, they need to figure out a way for Maclin to take a backseat to Kelce and Hill, but still be productive. If this game was any indication, the Chiefs coaching staff has their work cut out for them.
2016 Week 14 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 101 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught five passes for 101 yards on eight targets, marking the fourth consecutive game he's gone over 100 yards and the fifth time this season. Kelce was electric with the ball in his hands, and Smith did a great job of finding him in space. Kelce did his damage both in the middle of the field and along the sidelines. His size/speed combination is what makes him nearly impossible to cover by linebackers and cornerbacks alike, and the Chiefs have done a great job of exploiting whatever coverage is thrown his way. With the Chiefs deep in their own territory and Smith throwing out of his own end zone, Kelce ran a deep crossing route that he broke off when he saw a soft spot in coverage. Smith took a shot and although the ball was underthrown, Kelce adjusted to it and made an awesome catch while back pedaling the last two steps. He continues to lead the Chiefs in receiving yards and has already eclipsed his career high in that department. With three more catches, he will also set a career high in receptions, and that is certain to come with Kelce garnering a high volume of targets from Alex Smith.
2016 Week 13 vs ATL (8 / 8 / 140 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 140 yards, an excellent game statistically but if you were watching the game, it seemed like he had double his production. Kelce was everywhere on Sunday, making play after play after play, and turning short catches into long gains nearly every time he touched the ball. Kelce's eight catches went for 21, 35, 16, 27, 19, 5, 3 and 14 yards, respectively. Kelce is an ultra-athletic tight end that is playing in an offense that doesn't always highlight his abilities. Sunday marked his third consecutive 100 yard game, and fourth on the season. He has a huge catch radius that was put to the test on several throws by Alex Smith, but to his credit, Kelce caught every pass thrown his way. The only target that didn't go for a catch on the scorecard, was a reception that was called back due to the offensive pass interference. On first and ten from the Chiefs 40 yard line, Alex Smith took the snap under center and ran a play action fake to Spencer Ware. As he was drifting to his right from the fake, he centered himself before throwing a 25 yard pass to Kelce, who was running an in-route from the right hash mark to the left sideline. The pass was high and outside to Kelce's left, but he was able to shuffle his feet quickly and bounce off one leg to go up and snare the ball for a 21 yard reception. Kelce made another outstanding play on a wide receiver screen that was set up on the left side of the formation. Kelce caught the ball moving to his left before cutting inside his blockers and turning the ball up field. He managed to make one more juke on a Falcons defender to gain an extra eight yards to make it a 27 yard reception. For such a big guy (6-5, 260) Kelce is very fast in pads, and it shows in the way the Chiefs used him on Sunday. If he can continue his stellar play, he will finish as the #1 fantasy tight end this season, despite the fact that he has only caught three touchdown passes. What he does have is 65 receptions for 815 yards, and he will almost certainly break his previous career highs in both departments (72 receptions, 875 yards in 2015). If he does, Kelce would have improved on his receptions and receiving yards for the third consecutive season.
2016 Week 12 vs DEN (15 / 8 / 101 / 0 rec)
Kelce led the Chiefs in both receptions and yards on Sunday night, catching eight passes for 101 yards on a whopping 15 targets. Kelce was routinely used on screens, slants and in-routes, where he was put in position to use his skills at generating yards after the catch. This was especially true when Kelce had his number called on screen plays. Kelce lined up on the right side of the formation, and Alex Smith took the snap out of shotgun. He quickly fired a pass to Kelce who had stepped back from the line of scrimmage on a wide receiver screen. Kelce caught the pass and then turned up field where he was able to cut once back to the sideline and pick up 15 yards. Kelce's biggest play of the night came in overtime with the Chiefs driving on second and 10 at the Broncos 32 yard line. Kelce ran a shallow in-route to the middle of the field and took a high pass from Smith in stride. Kelce made one fake and then a cut up the field, gaining 16 yards and setting up a Cairo Santos field goal that won the Chiefs the game.
2016 Week 11 vs TB (9 / 7 / 108 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Kelce led the Chiefs on Sunday, catching seven of 11 targets, for 108 yards. It marked the second time that Kelce has gone over the 100 yard mark on the season, and the catches put Kelce on pace for a career high in receptions. Kelce played a big role in stemming an aggressive Tampa Bay blitz package by breaking off his routes and providing Smith with a target underneath. Kelce caught different short slant routes where he made the Bucs pay for blitzing, one a 21 yard catch and run, and the other coming on a 44 yard fade route. The 44 yard catch was the longest of the day for the Chiefs, and it was one where Kelce's speed was a blatant mismatch for the linebackers in coverage. Kelce ran to the right flat for breaking out up the sideline, the delay in moving up the field gave Smith ample time and the correct angle to make the throw to Kelce. Kelce's route running was perfect on the play.
2016 Week 10 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
On a day when Jeremy Maclin was on the sidelines, conventional wisdom would have thought that Kelce would have received a lion's share of Alex Smith's targets. That was not the case though, as Kelce had only three reception for 31 yards on six targets. He was relatively quiet for most of the game, but managed a beautiful catch and run late in the fourth quarter that set up a game tying field goal. Alex Smith, operating out of the shotgun was subject to several Panthers linebackers blitzing on second and ten. Spencer Ware delivered a crucial block on Luke Kuechly, and Smith found Kelce on a short pass over the middle. Kelce caught the ball moving towards the left sidelines, but made a fantastic move to stop on a dime and reverse field, gaining 16 yards on his long catch of the day. Kelce is an important part of the Chiefs offense, and perhaps their best red zone target, however he needs to be more involved if he is going to make an impact on an offense that is desperately in need of big plays.
2016 Week 9 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Kelce had a productive day, leading the Chiefs receivers with five receptions for 58 yards on nine targets. Kelce's biggest play of the day came on the Chiefs first drive. Lined up on the left outside hash as a receiver, Kelce ran a double move where he stopped and faked to the inside like was running an in-route, before breaking outside and running diagonally to the left sideline. Nick Foles threw a great ball that had a lot of air underneath it and hit Kelce in stride where he secured it for a 23 yard catch. Kelce was not targeted down the field for the rest of the game, catching short slant and out-routes where he was able to gain some yards after the catch, but the Jacksonville defense did a good job of keeping him in check. Kelce did have one red zone target, which made many of the post-game shows. After what looked like a routine pass interference call in the end zone, Kelce protested the non-call a little too hard which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the official. Not to be outdone, Kelce threw his own flag at the referee (his towel) to show his displeasure, prompting the official to toss him out of the game.
2016 Week 8 vs IND (10 / 7 / 101 / 1 rec)
Kelce was once again very productive, catching seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, leading the Chiefs in both receptions and yards on the day. He was able to work the middle of the field very well, beating opposing linebackers on slants and in-routes while creating space outside the hash marks for other Chiefs receivers. Kelce nearly pulled in a 37 yard reception from Nick Foles that would have pushed his yardage total over 140 yards, but as he came down the Colts were able to separate the ball from his grasp. Kelce scored on a beautiful double move, where he ran 10 yards up before faking to the outside and creating separation on the inside hash mark. Nick Foles threw a nice ball, leading Kelce over the middle and giving him the opportunity to come down with a big play for a touchdown. To Kelce's credit, he came down with a tough catch after getting hit as soon as his feet touched in the end zone.
2016 Week 7 vs NO (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce looked polished and under control in limited action as a receiver against the Saints. Alex Smith fed him the football early on a quick pass into the flat off bootleg action, allowing Kelce the freedom to rumble downfield for 10 yards. In the second half, Kelce showed good awareness on a stick and nod route, separating from a defender to provide a clear throwing lane for Smith. A questionable pass in Kelce's direction could have resulted in an interception, as a Saints linebacker sank underneath the throw.
2016 Week 6 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Kelce did about as good a job as he could do on Sunday, catching three passes for 32 yards on three targets. By snagging all of his targets on Sunday, Kelce has now improved his catch percentage to 78% on the season (25 receptions on 32 targets), fourth among all tight ends with at least 20 catches. Unfortunately for Kelce, he saw his two game touchdown streak come to an end on Sunday, but it was hardly his fault. He didn't see a target in the red zone, and when Alex Smith did look his way, it came within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Kelce, of all the receiving options on KC, seems to benefit the most from the type of offense that the Chiefs run, but even he is not immune to having an unproductive game when the Chiefs choose to call twice as many running plays as passing plays.
2016 Week 4 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 23 / 1 rec)
Kelce continued his solid production this past Sunday, catching five passes for 23 yards, while also adding a touchdown for the second consecutive game. Kelce's low yardage total was a function of the targets he received, as the Chiefs were more concerned with piecing together first downs than trying to force the ball downfield, despite trailing by three touchdowns or more for most of the night. Kelce's touchdown reception came on a red zone route where he read the Pittsburgh defense correctly, and instead of continuing his route to the outside, he broke it off inside and settled into the back of the end zone where Smith found him for a touchdown. Kelce is going to see a steady volume of targets each week, but his upside seems to be capped by the lack of aggressiveness from the KC coaching staff, and Alex Smith's deficiencies as a downfield passer.
2016 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)
Kelce was the standout offensive player for the Chiefs. He had the speed and explosiveness to dive for the pylon on his score, and he ran away from a defender for the Chiefs' longest play of the day. Kelce was consistently involved and no Jets defender could cover him in the middle of the field. He was elusive after the catch for a big tight end and Kelce got an additional red zone target that he couldn't convert to a score because the play was not well blocked.
2016 Week 2 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Kelce, like the rest of the Chiefs offense, was rather ineffective as a receiver and wasn't able to his typical yards after the catch like the Chiefs have grown accustomed to. The Houston pass rush was relentless all day, so with two starting lineman missing for the game, Kelce was asked to be a blocker on more plays that he normally would. He was the most efficient pass catcher though, totaling five catches for 34 yards on only seven targets. He saw only two targets on third down, one of which he converted for a first down, and another where Alex Smith was rushed and had to throw a ball low and away from Kelce for which he was unable to make the catch. The play that garnered the most attention was a 15 yard rush by Spencer Ware that was called back due to an offensive holding penalty by Kelce deep in Kansas City's own territory. It highlighted the inability for Kansas City to get any momentum going on offense, even when it seemed as though they were making progress rushing the ball. Kelce remains a top 10 tight end who should see his best days ahead of him this season.
2016 Week 1 vs SD (7 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Kelce is the other major receiving threat for the Chiefs. The big tight end reeled in 6 passes for 74 yards and helped keep several drives going on third down. Kelce was held out of the end zone today, but figures to be very active in the red zone all year long. Kelce's long came on a short pass from Smith that Kelce took 20 yards down the field. Kelce figures to be a top tight end play all year long and should see his fair share of catches and touchdowns.
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