While Travis Kelce’s romance with Taylor Swift has grabbed more headlines than any other story this season, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end is making moves on the field that have earned him the best grade in the NFL at his position, according to Pro Football Focus.
The highest-graded TE in the NFL this season:
Travis Kelce – 88.7 💃💃💃 pic.twitter.com/YNj4mSFKg6
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) November 2, 2023
Kelce’s spectacular 88.7 grade wasn’t earned by accident. In a year where the Chiefs’ offense has been frustratingly dysfunctional, Kelce’s presence has been one of the only things that the team can rely on week in and week out.
Patrick Mahomes deserves some amount of credit here, too, but Kelce seems to have almost singlehandedly carried Kansas City’s passing game on his back.
Entering the Chiefs’ Week 9 tilt against the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt, Germany, Kelce leads Kansas City in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns, and targets. He figures to play a key role in each of the Chiefs’ remaining games this season and should have no issues remaining the highest-graded tight end in the league if he can continue producing at the rate he has established through the 2023 season’s first eight weeks.