Chiefs’ Travis Kelce shares thoughts on climbing NFL’s all-time tight end leaderboards

Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently sat down with #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who shared his thoughts on his ascent up the tight end receiving yards leaderboard.

The NFL records books are being written with new chapters weekly as today’s players challenge the standards set by legends. The rapid ascent of Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has changed the perception of the position that was once known for blocking instead of receptions.

After Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kelce has now entered the top five all-time in receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. He joins only former Chiefs legend Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, and Shannon Sharpe after passing Rob Gronkowski during last Sunday’s victory over the Bucs. Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently sat down with Kelce, who shared his thoughts on joining the elite company in the top five.

“Oh, man. Honestly, it was an honor to be in sixth place. Man, to be on a list with all those greats is pretty epic is pretty, pretty cool. I can’t really put it into words,” said Kelce. “But I know that, you know, being on that list and seeing how much further down the road Tony Gonzalez is. It seems like he’s a lifetime away from me catching him, and I’ve been trying to fill his shoes my entire career. So I still got a long, long way to go before I’m anywhere near him. But it is unbelievable company, and I’m definitely honored to be a part of that.”

Gonzalez leads the receiving yards category by a significant margin with 15,127. Kelce is one of two players in the top five who is under 10,000 yards receiving alongside Shannon Sharpe. He’ll have a chance to pass Sharpe this season with plenty of ground to gain on the others in the next few years.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce thinks Noah Gray, Jody Fortson are vital to winning games

Travis Kelce spoke about the #Chiefs’ tight end room: “As long as we’re scoring touchdowns as a group every single game, I think we’re gonna keep winning football games.”

The Kansas City Chiefs have seen a shift in their offensive playbook since the departure of Tyreek Hill. A greater variety in target options has left opposing defenses guessing after four weeks.

Travis Kelce continues to be a favorite of Patrick Mahomes in the passing game, but lately, he’s spread the wealth to other tight ends. Noah Gray and Jody Fortson have been red zone weapons through the first few weeks, much to the delight of Kelce, who praised the tight end room during his recent conversation with Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr.

“Yeah, I guess you could say that we were very fortunate to have an awesome tight-end room,” said Kelce. “Our coach Tom Melvin does a great job of keeping us all in line, knowing that we all have big personalities and we all love to go out there and play the game. So just controlling that and controlling the creativity that we all may have is definitely the hardest part. But like I said, we have a great tight end room. We even have a fourth tight end and Blake Bell, and we’re hoping to get back before the season’s over with.”

Gray is in his second season in the league and has been featured in some unique plays, including Sunday’s direct snap for a touchdown. Fortson has bounced back from an Achilles injury suffered last season to be a tough cover in the red zone. A potential return of veteran Blake Bell will only add to the group’s versatility because of his solid blocking ability.

Each of Gray, Fortson and Kelce scored a touchdown in the team’s game against the Buccaneers in Week 4. As a whole, Kelce believes this tight end group has a major impact on the team’s ability to win games.

“As long as we’re scoring touchdowns as a group every single game, I think we’re gonna keep winning football games,” Kelce concluded.

Kelce has been the headline player from the tight end room, but he is more than willing to share the wealth. Not just in terms of scoring points, but also in terms of sharing the knowledge that he’s learned over the course of his career.

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Here’s why Chiefs TE Travis Kelce wears a wristband on his left arm

Did you ever wonder why #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce began wearing a wristband on his left arm? Our @EdEastonJr recently learned the answer:

The 2020 NFL season was unlike any other year in the league’s history due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Precautions and multiple safety measures were taken to keep players, coaches, and league personnel safe through uncertain times.

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had a great season in 2020, finishing with career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently sat down with Kelce, who revealed that he has a superstition that formed as a result of the COVID pandemic and his career year.

“Yeah, I mean, I really don’t have too many superstitions. I would say that if there is one, I wear a wristband on my left arm,” said Kelce. “Because of the COVID year, the COVID year was 2020, I had the best statistical season of my career that year. And that whole offseason, in training camp and all the practices that we went through, I would wear a wristband with a tracker in it so that you could track close contact between all the players.”

The wristbands were mandatory for players and club personnel at the team facility, during practices, and during team travel. The device gathered information about players’ proximity to each other by distance and time length. Kelce and many others used it for the league to perform quick and accurate contact tracing when someone is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19.

“I would get into the game, and I didn’t have to wear it on my arm in the game because it was in my pads,” said Kelce. “Well, I felt naked on my arms because I was so used to always wearing that wristband, so I threw it on, and that’s about as close as it gets for me in terms of superstition. I wore that wristband, I had the best career season for myself. So, I kind of got that thing rolling after that year.”

Kelce caught 105 passes for 1,416 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2020. It is a unique revelation from the six-time All-Pro tight end and a reminder that inspiration can come from anywhere. He’s continued to wear the wristband on his left arm this season and has continued producing at a high level. Through four games in 2022, Kelce is tracking to set a new career high in receptions and for his seventh consecutive season over 1,000 receiving yards.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce teaming up with Tide to tackle lucky jersey superstitions

Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently sat down with #Chiefs TE Travis Kelce to talk about his new collaboration with Tide to tackle lucky jersey superstitions. | from @EdEastonJr

Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce continues to climb the all-time rankings in the NFL, helping to lead his team to consecutive AFC West championships. On Sunday night, the seven-time Pro Bowler was vital to the Chiefs’ road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kelce and Tide are teaming up to bust the myth that “lucky” jerseys don’t need to be washed and to use Tide Hygienic Clean to keep the luck and get rid of the yuck with the cleanest clean. Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently sat down with Kelce to talk about his work with Tide

“I’m teaming up with tide to tackle superstition,” said Kelce “And we all know everybody has those jerseys or those lucky clothing items they just don’t want to wash because they don’t want to wash the luck off. And we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to worry about that anymore and met with Tide Hygienic Clean and Tide Pods. You can wash all day long and still keep that lucky feel to that jersey. And all the luck on it.

“We’re also teaming up to give away huge prizes. Grand Prize? Who knows what it could be? It could be Super Bowl tickets. It could be fun at Top Golf; it could be anything. But make sure you go on my social media on either TikTok or Instagram and comment on the Tide post what you would do to wash your jersey with Tide Hygienic Clean. And yeah, we’ll see. We’ll see what everybody can come up with.”

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Containing ten concentrated cleaning actives, Tide Hygienic Clean gets between fibers to deep clean visible and invisible dirt. Kelce’s partnership matches his versatility as he continues to make plays for the Chiefs weekly in pursuit of another title.

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Previewing Raiders vs. Chiefs Week 5 game on Chiefs Wire Podcast

On the latest episode of @TheChiefsWire podcast: @goldmctNFL recaps #Chiefs’ Week 4 victory and answers your questions. Plus @EdEastonJr’s exclusive chat w/ @tkelce.

We’re back with an all-new episode of the Chiefs Wire podcast! This week we’re previewing the Kansas City Chiefs Week 5 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Chiefs Wire managing editor Charles Goldman shares his thoughts on the Chiefs’ Week 4 victory and answers questions from our weekly mailbag. Ed Easton Jr. sits down with Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce to discuss the team’s tight ends room’s success this season and thoughts on becoming No. 5 all-time on the tight end leaderboards for receiving yards. Lastly, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid commented on Patrick Mahomes’ latest highlight play and his managing of the running backs during his zoom press conference.

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Travis Kelce calls Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes ‘the Houdini of our era’

#Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes — pulling rabbits out of a hat at a stadium near you per Travis Kelce and the rest of the football-watching world.

Do the Kansas City Chiefs have the NFL version of Houdini? One player on the team seems to think so.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes pulled a rabbit out of his hat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a two-yard touchdown pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Week 4. If you were told to look at a still of the play and guess the result without knowing it ended up as a touchdown, you’d probably pick an entirely different outcome.

Maybe you’d guess that Mahomes was tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Devin White for a sack. Maybe you’d guess that he’d throw the ball away and live to fight for third-and-goal.

Instead, Mahomes hits a 360-spin to get out of the sack and Clyde Edwards-Helaire vacates his spot to find the empty space in the back of the endzone. Mahomes flicks the ball to him on a pseudo-jump pass and the rest is history.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has been playing with Mahomes for six seasons now and he had quite the take about the play and his quarterback after the game.

“The NFL hasn’t seen anything like Pat Mahomes, I promise you that,” Kelce said. “And you saw it tonight. He’s the Houdini of our era, man. The guy just finds ways to make plays throughout the game. I mean, big-time third downs, big-time goal line plays. Just willing our team into the end zone and willing our team to win. That’s our ultimate leader man.”

Mahomes himself didn’t really chalk the play up to anything Houdini-like when he explained the play after the game. He said that he’s simply just out there trying to win.

“We rolled out and they did a nice job of coming upfield and not going on that dive-play that we kind of always run with (Mike) Burton,” Mahomes said. “I was able to use my little bit of speed to get around the edge there. I was going to run for it and they kind of flew around and I realized I wasn’t going to make it and I saw Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) and so I flicked it up to him.”

He just was caught with a split-second decision where he had to decide to commit to running the ball himself or passing it.

“I think the spin kind of made me decide to throw it again,” Mahomes said. “I knew once I spun I wasn’t going to have the speed to get there. Before I was thinking about going to the pylon, but once I spun I realized that Clyde was open.”

Another angle of the play in real-time shows just how ridiculous it was.

Whether he thinks so or not, the football-watching world was amazed by what Mahomes was able to accomplish during that play. It was far from the mundane. It’s the Mahomes magic that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing over the years, but we can’t take plays like that for granted.

“Yeah, just the fact that he knew where he was spinning to was good enough for me,” Chiefs HC Andy Reid said of the play. “And to be able to get it off and complete it. For 25 (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) to get his feet in was good too. There wasn’t a lot of room there. He has a lot of phenomenal plays and I always remind the coaches, don’t take it for granted, man. Those things, that’s special. So enjoy every one of those, man. You just don’t see that very often.”

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce hit career milestones in Week 4

Another win in the books and more career milestones hit by #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and TE Travis Kelce hit some career milestones against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

Let’s start it off with Mahomes, who in his 67th career game hit another pace record. He finished the game with 249 passing yards, allowing him to pass the 20,000 career passing yard mark quicker than any player in NFL history. Rams QB Matthew Stafford previously held the record at 71 games.

Mahomes also passed Broncos QB Russell Wilson for the third-most touchdown passes in his first six seasons in NFL history. Only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning have more. It’s important to remember that Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith and didn’t throw a touchdown pass during his rookie season.

Kelce had 9 receptions for 92 yards in Week 4, bringing him to 9,328 career receiving yards. He moves into the top-5 in NFL history in receiving yards by a tight end, pushing former Patriots and Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski down to sixth place.

That wasn’t all for Kelce, though. His first-quarter touchdown against the Buccaneers moved him into 10th place in Chiefs franchise history with 388 career points scored.

Mahomes and Kelce never fail to impress and continue to make their marks on the NFL history books on a weekly basis. It’ll be exciting to see what the duo can achieve next.

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Chiefs get turnover, score touchdown in first 46 seconds against Bucs

The Chiefs got a turnover and touchdown in the first minute against the Bucs

That was swift and surprising.

The Kansas City Chiefs recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

And after 46 seconds, they enjoyed a 7-0 lead because Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce with a touchdown pass of 16 yards.

Rachaad White fumbled the kickoff and Elijah Lee was on the spot to recover the ball.

Colts’ optimal game plan vs. Chiefs in Week 3

Here is the optimal game plan for the Colts going into Week 3 against the Chiefs.

To call the start of the season a disappointment would be a Quenton Nelson-sized understatement. The 0-1-1 start has the Indianapolis Colts preseason hype falling off the rails as many fans are now calling for a slew of changes.

One way the team can get back on track and rebound in the weak AFC South is by overcoming the odds and upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs in the home opener.

The Colts have a tall task ahead of them, with the Chiefs offense continuing to provide fireworks without wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Andy Reid’s offense still has many strengths, while the defensive side of the ball has been impressive through two games.

It’s not impossible, but this should be Frank Reich’s game plan if he wants to earn his first win of 2022.

NFL fans had their brains melted by Jason Kelce’s explanation of D-line alignments

What on earth is he talking about?

Jason Kelce probably wouldn’t be a perennial All-Pro and the NFL’s arguable best center blocking for an ascending Jalen Hurts if he didn’t know the ins and outs of football terminology.

Unlike other positions on the offensive line, a center must understand their responsibilities and what everyone else is accounting for on every play. Like their peers, they also have to be prepared for what the giant defensive lineman in front of them might be trying to accomplish. Even something as simple as alignment could tip off plans.

In the very first episode of their new podcast New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, the two eponymous brothers — respective offensive stars with the Eagles and Chiefs — discussed defensive line alignments. And when Jason went on a short tangent about the nitty-gritty of the different techniques, he seemed to confuse Travis and himself:

You might be asking yourself right now, “uh, what?” after hearing Jason Kelce’s “random” about defensive line alignments.

That’s why I’m here! Because I’m an encyclopedia of football knowledge, and so everyone knows, here’s what Jason means. The numbers are essentially shorthand for where a defensive lineman positions themselves pre-snap, and it goes in sequence:

  • A “0” technique is lined up right on top of a center. They’re directly in line with them.
  • A “1” will be on either shoulder of the center.
  • A “2” will be straight up on a guard, a “2I” will be on the inside shoulder of a guard, and a “3” will be on the outside shoulder.
  • A “4” will be head up on a tackle, a “4I” will be on the inside shoulder, and a “5” will be on the outside shoulder.
  • There is no “5I” (I don’t know why, and the NFL superstars don’t seem to either).
  • Finally, a “6” will be head up on a tight end, and a “9” will be all the way outside of them.

Why there’s no “8” or this knowledge seems to skip a few numbers, who knows! If you’re still confused, I get it. Take solace that the Kelces don’t seem to completely understand it themselves.