Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is team’s backup punter

Patrick Mahomes wears many hats for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In addition to being the team’s star quarterback, Mahomes also serves as Kansas City’s backup punter. Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub let the cat out of the bag on Thursday in regard to Mahomes’ lesser-known role with the club.

Starting punter Tommy Townsend has done a fine job in his role, even earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors last season while averaging a career-best 50.4 yards per kick.

With Townsend nursing a left knee injury heading into last week’s game versus the Denver Broncos, Toub needed to have an alternate plan if needed.

“The backup punter? Yeah, we had a plan,” Toub said Thursday. “We had a plan, and believe it or not, (Mahomes) is our backup punter.”

Toub was confident Mahomes could step up in a pinch if needed.

“He can do it,” Toub said. “He shows me all the time. He’s out there going on Saturday hitting punts. He can do it all that guy.”

–Field Level Media

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