CBS Houston – If there was one lesson the Houston Texans can take away from the two games they had with the Kansas City Chiefs last year is that tight end Travis Kelce is a beast.
Kelce is a really good tight end, but for whatever reason, he has been able to dominate the Texans. Since 2014 he has had three 100 yard games, two of those games have been against the Texans.
“He’s a strong player,” head coach Bill O’Brien said of Kelce, “he’s got good height, good range, good catch radius, he’s very instinctive, he understands coverage, he’s a competitor and he’s got really good hands, what else can I say, this guy is one of the better tight ends in the league.”
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski gets a lot of love for being an all-world threat, but Kelce shouldn’t be too far behind in terms of greatness.
The Chiefs tight end is one of those rare talents that is too quick for a linebacker and to physical for a corner or a safety.
“He’s very athletic,” linebacker Benardrick McKinney shared with sportsradio610.com of Kelce, “he can go and get the ball and make you miss.”
This Sunday Kelce should expect to see a lot of different looks from the Texans. They have seen first hand twice now, what Kelce can do, and the old adage is the third time is the charm.
What the Texans do have going for them going into Sunday’s game is the pass rush should be even better than their week one showing when they put a lot of pressure on Jay Cutler sacking him five times.
Alex Smith has found Kelce plenty but if the rush is able to hurry throws, it will go a long way to stopping the connection between the two.
“We got to keep him in the pocket,” Jadeveon Clowney said of stopping Smith, “try and make him force the ball, throw the ball up so are defensive backs can make some interceptions.”