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Patrick Mahomes, receivers training in Texas during phase one of offseason work

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Patrick Mahomes spends his offseason training with Bobby Stroupe at APEC in Fort Worth. The quarterback is continuing his workouts there this week with some of his teammates.

The Chiefs began phase one of the team’s voluntary offseason training program Monday. Mahomes talked to coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy about remaining in Texas with his receivers this week, and everyone agreed it was a good idea.

Reid cited Mahomes’ leadership in organizing the off-site workouts.

“I think the biggest thing for the work we’ve been getting in Texas is, first, we want to build those relationships,” Mahomes said, via Pete Sweeney of “I think that’s what made us so great over these last few years is we have a team — the bond of our team, the chemistry that we have -- that we can go out there and be who we are. So I wanted to get everybody together, so they get to meet each other.”

Mahomes and his receivers are participating in virtual meetings with the team. But with the Chiefs rebuilding their receiving corps after trading Tyreek Hill, Mahomes wanted time with his receivers on their own to get to know each other.

“I’m going to lunch with these guys,” Mahomes said. “I’m working out with these guys as well — not just throwing. So you kind of build those relationships that way. And then, plus, we’re in a little warmer weather than KC is right now, so it was a thing where we were going to have to work, anyway, and get off the field. We decided as long as we were in Texas working together, the coaches said that we could do it virtually and still get the learning that we need.

“It involves the trust that they have in us that we’re going to be vets and we’re going to do it the right way like we’ve been doing. And whenever we roll into KC in May, we’ll be ready to go then, too.”