The Kansas City Chiefs just traded away their longtime franchise quarterback — but at least one of their star offensive players is still very confident in the team’s future.
Tight end Travis Kelce had no second thoughts when asked if he believed Patrick Mahomes — who he already has a nickname for — could replace Alex Smith and lead the Chiefs to the promised land.
“Yeah, without a doubt. I feel like Patty-cakes can come in and roll the dice on anybody,” Kelce told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano and Brian Billick Wednesday, via Marc Sessler of Around the NFL. “He can throw the ball any way, he can throw it off his back foot and he can jump and throw, he can throw the ball anywhere, anyway you need for it to be thrown. His confidence is definitely one of the best attributes to his game.”
Kelce admitted there would be a learning curve, but that he had faith in Mahomes to conquer it.
“That’s where you kind of have to bite your tongue. He’s still, like [Billick] was saying here, he’s still arguably a rookie,” Kelce said. “I’m not saying that I’m taking away from his ability by any means because if anyone can do it, it’s Patrick Mahomes.”
Considering there were times last season where the Chiefs seemed prepared to turn to Mahomes, this isn’t really a huge surprise. Expectations will be high next season.