Kansas City's starters played the whole first half, giving all of the top weapons some extra time to shine. While Kelce's performance was nothing special, he showed off his strong rapport with quarterback Alex Smith by catching every ball thrown his way. Expect him to take the preseason finale off in preparation for Week 1.
Kelce took the field for just one series in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks to preserve his health, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
Kelce didn't record a reception in his only drive, but there's nothing to read into it. He's the team's undisputed top tight end and one of the two favorite targets of Alex Smith in the passing game. His playing time will likely increase over the next two preseason games before the majority of starters get the finale off to rest and ensure health for the start of the regular season.
The Chiefs made Kelce the second-highest paid tight end in the league, with $20.5 million of the extension guaranteed. The deal locks him up through 2021. Kelce was the Chiefs' second-leading receiver in 2015 with 72 receptions for 875 yards and five touchdowns.
The third-year pro simply could not get downfield, as the Patriots clearly focused on containing one of the
The big tight end assumed a central role in the passing game after Jeremy Maclin left with an injury, and he responded with his largest yardage output of the season in recording his first 100-yard game since the season opener. Kelce accounted for roughly two thirds of Alex Smith's yardage on the day, and he will play a large role once again next week, whether Maclin is healthy or not, as the
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