When NFL owners voted to add an extra game onto the season starting in 2021, plenty of the league’s players openly opposed the decision.
But, whether they like it or not, “Week 18” is now part of the NFL vocabulary.
“I mean, I wasn’t for [adding a 17th game]. But I can see that it’s happening, so I’m rolling with it,” Kelce said during a training camp press conference on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “I’m not trying to think anything of it. I don’t think it really switches up anybody’s mentality. I think you just add that extra game to the season, and at that point in the season you just have a routine going already that’s already set in place. And I know coach Coach [Andy] Reid is a great leader so he’ll take care of us and make sure that we’re not only ready for the game physically, but ready for the game mentally.”
Travis Kelce today on the 17-game schedule and whether he'll ask Andy Reid to lighten his workload to compensate pic.twitter.com/Fp41hakpIC
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 4, 2021
Kelce, 32, was asked in a follow-up question if he’d considered asking Andy Reid for extra rest time during the season due to the lengthened schedule.
The superstar tight end gave just the response we’ve come to expect from him.
“No, I actually asked him if I could get more reps,” Kelce said. “I need to get better so I’ve gotta get more reps out here. I’m already three days behind because my back tightened up on me. So I’m a couple days behind and I’ve got to get my reps in.”
If Kelce gets better than he already is, the NFL world is in for some trouble.
Through just 15 games in 2020, the three-time All-Pro TE set an all-time, single-season tight end receiving record with 1,416 yards. With an extra game tacked onto this coming season, Kelce could easily cruise past that record in 2021.