Two tight ends in the race to make history
In 2011, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots set the record for the most productive season for tight ends with 1,327 receiving yards. As the current season begins to wind down, two tight ends are close to being able to break that record and it could literally come down to the wire. The next couple of weeks are going to be crucial to determining if Gronkowski’s grasp can be broken.
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs currently has 1,274 receiving yards. He only needs 55 yards to beat Gronkowski’s record, but there is only one game left in the regular season for the team. The Chiefs will face off against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. 55 yards doesn’t seem like much – it could take only two or three plays – but the Raiders aren’t going to give up the game easily.
Next in line is George Kittle, a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers. He has had a fantastic year, racking up 1,228 receiving yards – not bad for someone who has only been in pro football for less than two years. He has a larger gap to close than does Kelce and the season-ending game against the Rams this Sunday will prove to be the deal-maker or breaker.
Kittle excels more after the catch. He is second with 775 yards after the reception, following Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. However, he is still capable of pulling off some moves to possibly be the man to overtake Gronkowski.