By Matt McMullen, Chiefs.com
Kansas City, Mo. – The folks at Pro Football Focus published their annual rankings of the best tight ends in the NFL this week, and for the second-consecutive year, Travis Kelce landed at the top.
PFF has Kelce as the top tight end in all of football entering the 2022 season, ranking him ahead of the 49ers’ George Kittle, the Raiders’ Darren Waller, the Ravens’ Mark Andrews and the Falcons’ Kyle Pitts.
Here’s what PFF wrote about Kelce:
“Kelce has been the NFL’s most valuable tight end in each of the past four seasons, according to PFF WAR, largely because of his pass-catching chops. He possesses an innate ability to get open, whether in one-on-one situations, against zone coverage or in attempts to find space on broken plays. He’s been on the receiving end of 274 first downs or touchdowns over the past four years, which is 86 more than any other tight end. Ninety-six of those came against single coverage, a position-leading mark by 26.”
Kelce is on a path that will eventually end in Canton, as he’s the only tight end in NFL history to amass six 1,000-yard seasons during a career. To make matters even more impressive, he tallied each of those 1,000-yard campaigns consecutively. He’s also one of only 19 players in NFL history – regardless of position – to compile such a streak.
Additionally, Kelce has arguably been the most dominant pass-catcher in the NFL since that streak began. His 7,269 receiving yards in that span are the most in the NFL while his 565 receptions rank second to only the Raiders’ Davante Adams (581).
The man is crafting a career destined for the record books, and following another huge season in 2021, he’s showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.