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Kelce emerges as team leader, focused on new season

Posted: 7:13 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 15:36:15Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce is entering his sixth season in the league and seems thrilled about what’s in store for the Chiefs.

Kelce paused when asked about how the offense would run differently under Patrick Mahomes. “I can’t really. I don’t want to give away too much of the secret. It’s going to be fun to get out there. It’s new for everybody, so I think it’s something that really everyone can get excited about, even the fans.”

Mahomes was described by Kelce as having a “business-like” demeanor that is similar to his predecessor Alex Smith. 

“Alex liked to have a lot of fun in the locker room as well. That’s why he’s an all-pro in terms of one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had. He’s always made it easy on the guys around him. He could relate, “ Kelce said. “I think Pat is very similar in that area.”

So with a new, young quarterback and new offensive coordinator--the fun, carefree and sometimes animated Kelce will have to use his veteran status and knowledge to emerge into a leadership role of his own. 

“If that’s what we need out of me, yeah, without a doubt,” he said. “It’s whatever the team needs me to do and that’s my kind of focus on it.”

On Sunday, the Chiefs will open up the season in Los Angeles against the Chargers.

Kelce believes winning the first game sets the tone for the rest of the season. 

"It builds confidence that what we believe we can be is true and that’s definitely something that helped us last year get through kind of the rough times of the season is knowing that we can be a great team knowing the guys we have on this team and the coaches we got," Kelce said.


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