Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes addresses team competitiveness, TE Travis Kelce practice punch

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Preparations for the 2023 season are well underway for the Kansas City Chiefs as they seek to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The challenge for most returning veterans is to remain sharp and improve on the formula that helped them achieve last season’s success.  After a record-breaking season that included both league and Super Bowl MVP honors, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is finding ways to improve at this year’s training camp while meshing with his young receivers.

The reigning MVP spoke with the media after Wednesday’s practice session at Missouri Western State University about the team’s improving chemistry and reflected on Travis Kelce’s punch incident last weekend.  “I think we all have a lot of guys out here that are super competitive,” Mahomes explained. “But it’s about just doing it the right way. I mean, Travis [Kelce] punching the guy [Jack Cochrane] is not necessarily the way you want to do it, but you love to see fire on both sides of the ball trying to finish to the last second.

“But I mean, that’s just kind of [the way] guys we’re gonna compete [against are], we’re going to argue out there on the football field. And we’re gonna love each other in the locker room because we got a lot of dudes that are super competitive on this team.” In addition to his MVP win last year, Mahomes was the league leader in both passing yards and passing touchdowns, becoming the first player in NFL history to achieve all four in a season. Mahomes’ intensity was on display in the recent Netflix show “Quarterback” wherein the world got a glimpse at his dedication to improvement.


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