Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently appeared as an analyst on the ABC show Holey Moley, an extreme miniature golf competition. He joined the panel of Joe Tessitore, the play-by-play commentator, and comedian Rob Riggle, the color commentator.
On set, Kelce asked the panel if they wanted to “throw around with the old pigskin.” Apparently, famous The Muppets character Miss Piggy caught wind of Kelce’s remark and wasn’t pleased.
“That didn’t go so well with Miss Piggy,” Kermit the Frog said on “On the Red Carpet.”
Kelce needs to be more careful with his pork-related comments (joke).
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With Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ronald Jones, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon rounding out the top of the Chiefs’ running back depth chart, there doesn’t seem to be much room for others to make their mark in the Kansas City backcourt. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few players who aren’t trying to do just that.
Take Isiah Pacheco, seventh-round rookie pick, for example.
As a Rutgers product, Pacheco doesn’t enter the league with a strong college resume. During his four years at Rutgers, he never accumulated more than 170 touches in a single season or 729 rushing yards, both of which were career highs during his sophomore season. This is a big part of why he wasn’t drafted until Day 3, despite running a 4.37-40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine and having several other qualities coveted in an NFL running back .
Being drafted into an already-loaded backfield doesn’t help Pacheco create an NFL roster, even if he has draft capital tied to him. But Arrowhead Pride’s KC Proctor explained why he thinks Pacheco can beat the odds and field the Chiefs’ active roster for September.
“Pacheco, who will pick up No. 10, has never been heavily involved in the Scarlett Knights’ passing game and there were concerns about his abilities as a downfield receiver going into the draft,” Proctor said June 20. “Whether or not he will clean up that part of his game and refute naysayers is yet to be seen, but the way he moves with the ball in his hands makes him an intriguing addition to the Chiefs’ onscreen game.” . He tends to break runs a little early outside rather than allow blocking to develop in front of him, so perhaps he could settle into a brief pass catching roll with his apparent ease working through the space in the apartment.
“Whether he becomes a threat, earns a percentage of carries from the backfield, or is just there for offensive depth, we’re likely to see him on the field in some capacity. Not least as a spark plug for the special teams.”
Proctor then went on to explain that Pacheco could have a similar NFL trajectory to former Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
“With a lightning fast 4.37 for 40 yards, seeing the number 10 hauling in punts and/or kickoffs would be a reminder of Tyreek Hill’s early days in Kansas City,” he continued. “If this is Isiah Pacheco’s first role with the Chiefs, fans can only hope he has a similar success story.”
Over the weekend, Pacheco was honored by his peers in his hometown of Vineland, New Jersey for making the NFL.
A parade was held in Pacheco’s name, and his former high school, Vineland South High School, retired his high school No. 1 jersey. The city has also opted to move June 18 to “Isiah Pacheco Day.”