The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes have chosen violence as they weigh in on who they believe to be the best tight end in football is.
The NFL offseason brings out some of the absolute best (and occasionally worst) from the social media managers behind NFL team Twitter accounts. From the Los Angeles Chargers annual schedule releases tweets to the Pittsburgh Steelers refusal to stop posting memes, NFL Twitter gets better in the summer.
The Kansas City Chiefs twitter account had a specific target in mind when they rolled out of bed this morning: all Travis Kelce critics. Pro Football Focus tweeted out a graphic highlighting a mind-bending statistic: over the last five seasons, Travis Kelce leads all NFL players, not just tight ends, in receiving yards. The graphic highlighted his numbers against other leading pass-catchers around the league, like Davante Adams, Julio Jones, Deandre Hopkins, and Mike Evans.
The Chiefs’ Twitter account decided this was an invitation to throw shade. Patrick Mahomes would also retweet the Chiefs’ comments, coming to the defense of his favorite target.
Travis Kelce has been one of the most impressive offensive players in NFL history
During the 2020 NFL season, Travis Kelce had the second most receiving yards in the league, despite sitting out week 17 and losing snaps during the regular season due to some nagging injuries. In 2021, Travis Kelce came up clutch for the Chiefs whenever needed, scoring both of the teams walk off overtime touchdowns and being the brain and hands behind their infamous 13 second comeback against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Kelce has topped 1000 receiving yards in his last six seasons, been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times, been first string All Pro three times and second string All Pro three other times. Despite this, Kelce has only received a combined total of three votes for a single post-season award when he was fifth for Offensive Player of the Year.