Travis Kelce and DeAndre Hopkins are in a League of their Own Right Now

Published 03/15/2021, 9:31 AM EDT
Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs made their way to the Super Bowl once again in the 2020 NFL season. However, their hopes and dreams were crushed by the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7th, 2021.

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The Chiefs succumbed to a humbling 9-31 defeat at the hands of the Buccaneers. A major highlight from that loss was the performance of the Bucs defense.

They completely neutralized the attacking threat posed by QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce, and wide receivers, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins.

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball ahead of Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette (20) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the heartbreaking end, a few of the Chiefs’ players enjoyed a solid display from an individual point of view in 2020.

Experienced Tight End Travis Kelce in particular had a record-breaking season playing under the tutelage of Andy Reid. The 31-year-old currently holds the NFL record for most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a TE(5).

Last season, he set the regular-season record for most receiving yards by a Tight End in a single year (1,416). The previous record was held by San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle, who missed a majority of the 2020 season due to injury.

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Travis Kelce, DeAndre Hopkins continue to set records in the NFL

Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the most offensively dominant teams in the NFL. They have largely relied on Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Tyreek Hill to provide offensive support for star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kelce and Mahomes’ bond extends farther away from the football field.

Since joining the Chiefs in 2013 as a 3rd-round pick (63rd overall), he has 7,881 receiving yards to his name along with 48 receiving touchdowns.

He signed a 4-year, $57 million contract extension with the Chiefs last year, which keeps him in Missouri until at least 2024.

Another player to have a strong impact on the league in recent years is veteran wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. The 28-year-old wideout moved from Houston Texans to Arizona Cardinals in the build-up to the 2020 NFL season.

Along with Kelce, D-Hop is the only other NFL player to cross the 5,000 receiving yards mark since 2017.

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September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs in front of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

He ended his debut Cardinals season with 1,407 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns on 115 receptions. Both these players are showing no signs of slowing down.

We expect them to continue right where they left off when the 2021 NFL season begins in September. Can they take their record-setting offensive exploits up a notch? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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