Broncos have struggled defending tight ends, and Travis Kelce is next
Travis Kelce had seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos on Oct. 30 last season and has three consecutive 100-yard games against Denver overall.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos‘ defense is a leaky faucet.
It’s a maddening drip, drip, drip that just keeps happening no matter how much tinkering, tightening and talking you do to fix it.
But one consistent problem over the past two seasons is stopping the opposing tight end.
“The tight ends, we haven’t fixed that yet,” is how Broncos coach Vance Joseph has put it already this season.
Consider it a work in progress. Over the past 18 games it’s gone from A (Andrews) to almost Z (Witten) as tight end after tight end, regardless of age, experience or résumé, has romped through the Denver defense. It’s beyond a trend at this point, and it’s definitely on the front burner because the next one in line is Kansas City’s Travis Kelce.
Kelce has three career games with more than 130 yards receiving, and two of those have come against the Broncos over the past two seasons — 160 yards on Christmas night in 2016 and 133