Kelce gained one yard while reeling in his only target during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Chargers. A week after torching the Eagles, Kelce was hardly involved as a pass catcher in this one, finishing with one target for the first time in his five-year career. The offense still managed to churn out yardage, however, meaning this dud was merely a consequence of Sunday's game plan. Kelce remains one of the top options in the pecking order for the Kansas City offense and will look to bounce back next week against the Redskins.
Kelce nabbed eight of 10 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over Philadelphia. The Andy Reid Bowl was looking like a decidedly defensive affair until Kansas City turned Carson Wentz over, setting up a 15-yard catch-and-run shovel pass from Alex Smith to Kelce - ending in an emphatic dive into the end zone. Kelce was left mostly in the cold -- tallying just 44 yards -- in the Chiefs' offensive explosion to start the season. Sunday provided a reminder that Kelce, who also chipped in Kansas City's longest passing play of the day for 44 yards, is still the most dependable target Smith has at his disposal, considering the wide receiver corps lacks a true prototype No. 1 threat.
Kelce brought in five of seven targets for 40 yards and rushed once for four yards in Thursday's 42-27 season-opening win over the Patriots. Kelce took on a more secondary role with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill doing the majority of heavy lifting on offense. However, he did a lot of the grunt work close to the line of scrimmage, and even with what looks like a more explosive offense after one week due to the front-line roles of Hunt and Hill, Kelce should unquestionably continue to provide a key presence in his own right. He'll look to turn in a more productive effort in Week 2 against the Eagles.
After being listed as a limited participant at practice Monday and Tuesday, Kelce (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Thursday's season opener against the Patriots. The lack of any injury designation indicates that all systems are go for the Chiefs' star tight end in Week 1. With veteran wideout Jeremy Maclin no longer in the team's pass-catching mix, Kelce and Tyreek Hill are in line to serve as quarterback Alex Smith's top receiving targets, with the duo thus candidates to absorb some degree of extra volume in the absence of Maclin.
Kelce (calf) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, the Chiefs' official site reports. Due to the Chiefs' abbreviated practice schedule this week with the season opener coming Thursday, Kelce may end up being limited in all three of the team's sessions leading up to the game, but the calf issue isn't expected to keep him on the sideline against the Patriots, nor result in anything less than a normal snap count. With the Chiefs lacking in many other established receiving options beyond top wideout Tyreek HIll, Kelce should remain one of the more highly targeted tight ends in the NFL in 2017.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||30||11.00|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||15||6.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||8||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||102||75||954||5||47||12.72||123|