Kelce snagged seven of 10 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 42-37 win over Pittsburgh. Kelce fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Following a disappointing one-catch outing Week 1, Kelce hooked up with Patrick Mahomes for touchdowns of 19 and 25 yards, both coming up the seam. Kelce is among the best tight ends in the league in stretching the field vertically. Now equipped with a quarterback of Mahomes' arm strength, things can get ugly for opposing defenses. Expect to see more of Week 2 Kelce than Week 1 Kelce moving forward.
Kelce caught just one of six targets for six yards in Sunday's 38-28 win over the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes had a great game, throwing for 256 yards and four touchdowns, but Tyreek Hill (seven catches for 169 yards and two scores) was the one that benefited the most. It's possible that Kelce's stats take a minor hit this season with the quarterback switch from Alex Smith to Mahomes, although the presence of Hill and newcomer Sammy Watkins should open up the middle of the field for Kelce. Next week, Kelce will look to rebound at Pittsburgh.
Kelce will miss Tuesday's practice for personal reasons, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Kelce wasn't going to play in Thursday's preseason finale anyway, so it won't come as any surprise if the Chiefs let him take a few days away from the team. With no injury to report, the veteran tight end should be ready for his usual hefty workload in a Week 1 road game against the Chargers. Kelce caught six of eight targets for 78 yards in three preseason games.
Kelce caught both of his targets for 29 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Bears. He likely won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic Kansas City reports. Kelce has had a fine preseason and displayed that there is plenty of reason to believe he will remain one of the elite tight ends, despite the change under center from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes. We may have to wait until the regular season to see him again, opening the campaign Sept. 9 with a road matchup against the Chargers.
Kelce caught two of three targets for 27 yards in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta. Tyreek Hill stole the headlines with his long touchdown catch, but Kelce and Kareem Hunt also made solid contributions in the passing game. The addition of Sammy Watkins and switch from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes does leave Kelce with a degree of risk, but the 28-year-old still offers a rare ceiling for a tight end.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||San Francisco 49ers||22||8.00|
|6||10/15||@New England Patriots||21||8.00|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|15||12/14||Los Angeles Chargers||3||2.00|
|3 Year Avg||114||80||1013||6||50||12.66||137|