The Kansas City Chiefs started their offseason workout program on Monday, and several players were made available to the media, including tight end Travis Kelce, who is coming off the first Pro Bowl honor of his career and was thus rewarded with a lucrative contract extension this offseason.
"It feels good to have a home for the next couple of years and be in Kansas City," Kelce said to reporters on Monday. "I love this city just because they've embraced me ever since I got here, and this organization has been every bit of exceptional for me."
Kelce finished last season with 72 receptions for 875 yards and 5 touchdowns, which put him among the best in the NFL at the tight end position.
But even with that statistical output, Kelce explained that he's more focused on the plays he didn't make than the ones, as he says, he's supposed to make.
"I'm more motivated than ever," Kelce noted, "and it has nothing to do with contract. It has everything to do with how everything played out last year. I feel like the accountability just gets higher and higher with the success you have as a team.
"With individual success, it's the accountability—the trustworthiness of making plays and being there when the guys need you to be there to make those plays. I feel like I left a lot on the field last year. It's motivating. It gets you ready to go back and work."
It has been a busy offseason for Kelce, who said he spent last week relaxing a little bit before reporting back to the Chiefs on Monday. Now, as he said, he's ready to get back to doing what he does best.
"Get back to my real life," Kelce said of reporting back for Phase One of offseason workouts, which consists of lifting weights and conditioning. "It's fun, man. Just seeing everybody's face makes you feel like it's time to get this thing going. I know a lot of guys, if not everyone, still has that sour taste in their mouths after how it ended last year.
"It definitely feels good to get back in here and start to get this train rocking."
A look at some of the best photos of Travis Kelce throughout the 2015 season.
After the offseason additions of free agent right tackle Mitch Schwartz and receiver Rod Streater, plus the development of the younger players and the return of running back Jamaal Charles, Kelce is confident that the offense can take the next step in 2016.
"We're going to unleash it," he explained. "I'm confident in where our personnel is right now. Where we're headed as a team is awesome and it's exciting. I feel like, offensively, we can definitely improve from last year. We know we belong here and now we know what we're capable of. We know what we're supposed to do and don't be shocked when it happens like it did last year. It's what we work for.
"We know where we're supposed to be at the end of the year and that's playing for a championship."