Travis Kelce likes to watch video of great NFL tight ends, past and present, to see what he might learn from their games. He has seen much of Tony Gonzalez, his predecessor as a great tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.
And, yes, he has watched plenty of the contemporary tight end with whom he has often compared, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Kelce said he doesn’t see the similarities, other than both are moved around the formation as their respective coaches search for the best matchups for 260-pound players who are difficult to cover.nfl jersey cheap wholesale
“When I get the ball in my hands I’m a different type of athlete,” Kelce said in 2017 on the Dan Patrick radio show. “Gronk’s going to run around there like a Clydesdale, run through everything, like a big boulder. I’m more a guy who can make people miss, break somebody down with a juke move or slide off tackles. Gronk can just break everything.”
The two tight ends, who are known for having a good time off the field as well as on it, meet on Sunday night when the Chiefs travel to New England. According to Gronkowski, they’ve “just met real quick before” and “don’t know each other,” but there is mutual admiration.authentic nfl jerseys cheap wholesale
“Definitely have to appreciate him,” Gronkowski said of Kelce during Monday’s Sirius XM NFL Radio interview with Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn. “He is a great talent, and he can get some good separation and run some good routes. He’s definitely a player to look at; just the way he runs and gets open is awesome. So it’s going to be a good challenge when we play him this Sunday.”
Kelce is looking to continue his regular-season success against Gronk in the prime-time game. His Chiefs teams are 2-0 against New England in the regular season and Kelce has 13 catches with one touchdown.
But Gronkowski has the playoffs won. The Patriots beat Kelce and the Chiefs in the 2015 playoffs and Gronkowski has been part of two Super Bowl-winning teams.
For the 5-0 Chiefs and their high-flying offense, this season may be their best chance to get to a Super Bowl since Kelce arrived as a third-round draft pick in 2013.