Chiefs announce Patrick Mahomes will start Sunday

Aug 31 2017 Kansas City MO USA Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium

Chiefs announce Patrick Mahomes will start Sunday

There had been plenty of Chiefs fans pushing for Mahomes to overtake Smith as the team's starter when Kansas City found itself mired in a slump earlier this season.

Of Mahomes, Reid said, "To have the opportunity to be in the room he's in is priceless".

The Chiefs (9-6) don't need to win it, though. Reid said he wanted to get a look at Mahomes before the season ended.

Mahomes was the first quarterback drafted by the Chiefs in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983, a maddening stretch of time for their long-suffering fan base.

"It's not going to hurt him for sure". Mahomes is known as a gunslinger and it's likely that Matt Nagy, the team's offensive coordinator and playcaller, will give him a chance to show off his arm against a challenging secondary employed by the Broncos-one that includes Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. But if Mahomes play well, it could make the Chiefs a little more comfortable in moving on from Smith this summer. "Fortunately, we have a quarterback in Alex that understands it".

Despite a lack of playing time this season, Mahomes says that he's become a better player while serving in a backup role. The biggest difference this week will be in the amount of first-team reps he gets - the majority of them as Smith operates the scout squad. But since losing six of seven, the Chiefs have won their past three games - capturing the AFC West title in the process. "But, I've said this all along, he's a pretty natural player".

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