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.
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".