February 26, 2024

Brock Purdy, Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift among Super Bowl LVIII’s 32 key people

Kittle’s ranking might be lower than you expected. That’s no disrespect to the tight end, but rather a testament to the star power in this game. His total output against the Lions (two catches) in the NFC title match was on the quieter side, but one of those grabs — a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter of a tied game — was absolutely massive. Kittle might not receive the same volume that his counterpart, Travis Kelce, does for the Chiefs. Still, Kittle outgained Kelce this season, averaging a career-high 15.7 yards per reception, and he was a major factor in the Divisional Round win over the Packers. He’s also a beast against man coverage, catching 19 of 26 targets for 367 yards (most among TEs) and three TDs vs. man-to-man defense in the regular season, per Next Gen Stats. Notably, the Chiefs play a healthy amount of man coverage, even if they’ve clamped down on tight ends pretty well this season. Kittle is dealing with a toe injury, so that bears watching, but if he’s good to go, he should be a big factor.