Travis Kelce says Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL
By Matt Conner
Travis Kelce said he’s the best tight end in the NFL, even as he also gave a shout out of respect to several of his peers on the Dan Patrick Show.
If you took a poll of even casual football fans and asked them who the best tight end was in the NFL, most are going to say that Travis Kelce is among the candidates. If you poll Kelce himself, there’s no question he’s at the top.
Recently Kelce spoke with Dan Patrick on the latter’s own radio show. Patrick asked Kelce who the best overall tight end was in the National Football League and the confidence, charismatic star for the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t hold back.
"“Travis Kelce. Myself. Personally, I take that and try and make that a definitive answer every single year. I know I’ve been up in questions with Gronk the past couple years, and that’s very deserving for Gronk. Gronk’s a hell of a player. But this year, obviously I’m always trying to one-up and take it to the next level.”"
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Rob Gronkowski is going to be most common answer outside of Chiefs Kingdom in response to that question, but Gronk has also dealt with injuries over the years. As he nears 30 and continues to fight to stay on the field, it’s possible that Kelce could earn the sort of notoriety that would put him over the top on a national level.
It will help Kelce’s case, if he’s looking for aid, to have Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback. Many NFL fans are anxious to see what the Chiefs have in the promising young QB and specifically to watch his talked-about arm strength. The buzz around the Chiefs offensive firepower, thanks to Mahomes cannon of an arm as well as the presence of Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Kelce and Kareem Hunt, will bring a lot of eyes to the Chiefs this season as fans want to see Andy Reid’s new look offense.
Last year, Kelce had 83 catches for 1,038 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Gronk had 69 catches for 1,084 receiving yards and also had 8 touchdowns. The previous year, however, Gronk dealt with injuries and only had 25 catches on the entire year while Kelce put up 85 of his own and crossed the 1K yard mark.
Patrick did give Kelce a chance to give others a shout when he asked him what other tight ends were among the league’s best. Kelce had several names that sprang to mind.
"“Super Bowl champion Zach Ertz, a guy that missed a couple games and might not have the year-ending stats that me and Gronk have had over the years, but I think that Zach is somebody that is very productive, runs great routes and helps his team win every single week. Him, Delanie Walker, a guy named Greg Olson over in Carolina has been doing it for years. It’s unfortunate to see him get banged up last year. The list really goes on … I think there’s a lot of great tight ends that don’t get the respect they deserve.”"
You can watch the complete (and short) segment below: