Sep 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) leaps over Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan (24) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Chiefs won 34-15. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
4. Travis Kelce
While his numbers aren’t particularly impressive, Kelce does lead the Chiefs in receiving, and his big body will present the Patriots with a bit of a mismatch, much like the one Gronk has for New England.
I would expect Bill Belichick to deploy his three linebackers to cover Kelce for the majority of the game, with Jamie Collins getting the bulk of the assignment. Collins has been limited with a thigh injury recently, so if the Pats’ best cover linebacker can’t go 100% for the entire game, look for Jerod Mayo, and possibly Patrick Chung to take on big number 87.
Chung has done very well in physical man coverage thus far in 2014, so don’t be surprised to see him get a few looks at Kelce. However, with that said, I wouldn’t put Chung on Kelce for too long, because, well, this is Patrick Chung we are talking about here.