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Travis Kelce will start the season with a Madden 99 rating

The Kansas City tight end will start the 2021 season right where he left off in 2020.

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Travis Kelce — one of the all-time greatest tight ends to strap it up for the Kansas City Chiefs (or in the NFL) — is back in the Madden 99 Club.

Last year, Kelce started the season as a 98 overall player in Madden 21. After the middle part of the season, he joined his teammate — quarterback Patrick Mahomes — as a 99 overall player.

A lot of NFL players enjoy hearing about their Madden rating — but some players let it get to them. I feel like that with Kelce starting at a 99, it’s going to take him a bit to drop. Every single week, Kelce’s mindset is to get open for Mahomes.

Still, I truly believe that if it wasn’t for Mahomes being able to extend plays — and then finding Kelce wide open — Kelce would not have all the targets and receptions he does. But Kelce has certainly excelled in route running, blocking and yards after the catch; he’s just an all-around great tight end who is a high-caliber receiver in the NFL. There’s no reason for him not to have a 99 overall Madden rating.

Kelce should be the only tight end to be a 99 to start the season— but the San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle and the Las Vegas Raiders’ Darren Waller are not far behind.

Madden 22 will be released on all platforms on August 20.

Here’s the next question: will Mahomes be joining Kelce as a member of the 99 Club this season? We will find out soon.