Patrick Mahomes reveals Travis Kelce had to be taken out of Chiefs practices earlier in the season to ‘let his body heal’ amid injury fears… as he heaps praise on the tight end for the ‘energy’ he puts in behind the scenes: ‘People don’t even see it’

  • Chiefs tight end “wants to take every single rep every play”
  • Mahomes also said the team forced the tight end to dial it back when he heals
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes opened up about the energy Travis Kelce brings to the team during practice and his dedication to preparing each week.

Mahomes spoke to the press just days before he and his team head to Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII.

In a press conference, he praised his team-mate and favorite target – saying his commitment raised the bar of other Chiefs players.

“He brings a ton (of energy). People don’t even see it at practice. I mean, the energy that he has,’ Mahomes explained.

‘He wants to take every single rep. We have to get him out of practice just to give him a break, and he wants to be there for every play.

Patrick Mahomes praised Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce and the energy he brings to the team

Patrick Mahomes praised Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce and the energy he brings to the team

Mahomes says Kelce's dedication to preparation raises the rest of the team's standards

Mahomes says Kelce’s dedication to preparation raises the rest of the team’s standards

When Kelce was injured earlier in the year, Mahomes said they should dial back his effort

When Kelce was injured earlier in the year, Mahomes said they should dial back his effort

‘And I think that mindset… when you see the (future) Hall-of-Fame tight end and he wants to be the guy who works the hardest, it raises everybody’s standard.

‘It raises the standard of how you train. It raises the standards of how you prepare. Because, you know, that guy who’s done it at the highest level wants to keep doing it every week, every day.

‘And at the same time he’s having a great time doing it. And I think it shows that you can work really hard and still have fun coming to work every day.’

Mahomes also talked about the start of the season – when the tight end was dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss the first game of the season.

“There were times throughout the season where we had to take him out,” Mahomes revealed. “I mean, he didn’t want to, but we had to get him out to let his body heal.

‘And it wasn’t like his mind wasn’t there, but you could just see his body – it wasn’t moving like it always does. I think just having that rest, and … more time since the original injuries kind of happened, you could see now his body is coming back, and we felt really good going in, even after that Cincy game … and go into the final week and get that rest and get into playoffs.

“You could tell his body had returned to the real Travis Kelce, so it was definitely good for him. And hopefully we can keep that thing going, not just this game, but in years to come.’