The Kansas City Chiefs recently had a rough game, scoring in single digits for the first time since Week 7 of the 2021 season.
This disappointing performance has led some to question the quality of the team’s wide receivers, despite the Chiefs maintaining a respectable 6-2 record.
However, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is not one of the doubters.“This team has every piece that it needs to be great,” he said Friday, per ESPN. “Everybody can talk about whatever they want to talk about.
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pic.twitter.com/H3rwXDjRfR— Around The NFL (AroundTheNFL) November 5, 2023“I know that we’ve got a team that can put points up, and I know we’ve got the coaches to be able to put us in the great positions to succeed, and that’s where we’re moving going forward, and it just takes guys to lock in and just be ready for those big-time moments when we need them most.”
Kelce, along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is a key part of the Chiefs’ offense and has been consistently performing well.
Mahomes is currently ranked in the top five for both passing yards (2,257) and touchdowns (15). Kelce, on the other hand, has been meeting expectations with 54 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns.
These numbers make him the leading receiver for the Chiefs. Kelce believes that the team has all the necessary pieces to be great, and it’s mainly a matter of everything falling into place.
Despite Kelce’s confidence, it’s clear that the offense as a whole is not performing at its best. The Chiefs, who have consistently ranked in the top six for scoring in the Mahomes era, are currently sitting at 12th. They are averaging 23.4 points per game, compared to 29.2 last year.
The weaknesses of the wide receivers were brought into focus during the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 8.
This has become an even bigger concern as the Chiefs prepare to face the Miami Dolphins, who have a high-powered offense led by wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill, who spent six seasons with the Chiefs without missing a single Pro Bowl, is a formidable opponent.
Currently, the leading wide receiver for the Chiefs is rookie Rashee Rice, who has 361 yards and three touchdowns on 30 receptions.
However, Rice has also been responsible for the most dropped passes, with five. In fact, the entire wide receiver group has accumulated 15 drops, with the team as a whole totaling 24 drops in eight games.
It’s clear that the Chiefs are still searching for a consistent wide receiver option to rely on when Kelce is covered.
None of the other wideouts on the team, including Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson, have reached 20 catches by the midway point of the season.
Despite these challenges, the Chiefs made a trade with the New York Jets to bring back Mecole Hardman. However, they did not make any other moves during the trade deadline and seem content with the roster they have.
Kelce’s confidence in the team’s ability to succeed is echoed by his teammates. The Chiefs believe that they have all the necessary pieces to bounce back and restore faith in their abilities.