Chiefs elevate Patrick Mahomes to No. 2 quarterback

14 Août, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will get a chance to work with the second team in practice this week, according to Chiefs beat reporter BJ Kissel.

Mahomes finished the game 7-of-9 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 126.4. That came after Bray himself failed to do anything of substance in limited action.

Reid said the move was not because of the performance of quarterback Tyler Bray, who was starting quarterback Alex Smith's backup on Friday.

Kansas City selected Mahomes, who played his college football at Texas Tech University, with the 10th overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April.

Smith certainly remains the starter in Kansas City, but Mahomes' performance thus far this summer in camp and the preseason lends credence to the idea that he will take over as the team's starter in the not-so-distant future.

Factors beyond Mahomes' performance factored into the depth chart reshuffle, Reid said. "I thought he actually played very well". Reid said the rookie's training camp and preseason play shows he can function within the offense while learning on the job.

Mahomes took snaps with both the first- and second-team offenses, following Smith in the quarterback rotation.

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Tight end Travis Kelce has also been impressed with how Mahomes has progressed. The starting job belongs to Alex Smith beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Kelce said Smith stands on a whole other level as the team's leader.

"We are throwing a lot at the guy and it's fun to see him grow".

The Chiefs played all four quarterbacks in the preseason opener including fourth-string quarterback Joel Stave.

Reid did mention the switch is only for practice right now and has yet to make a decision concerning the next preseason game. Smith expects to start and play no more than a series or two before giving way to Mahomes.

Reid did not commit to whether the Mahomes' promotion to the No. 2 quarterback role was a planned move, or even a permanent one for that matter.

"If you're going to try and put it in a box, I'm not sure we can do that", Reid said. "(This decision) is just what I want to do". Emergency kicker Sam Ficken handled kicking duties.

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