Patrick Mahomes to start at QB for Chiefs vs. Broncos

28 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin can't make a catch in the end zone in front of New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore left during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 24 2017 in Foxborough Mass. (AP Phot

That season, Mahomes tallied a completion percentage of 63.5 and a passer rating of 147.2. "All those things, we've seen".

Andy Reid has not put any pressure on Patrick Mahomes ahead of his first National Football League start this Sunday against the Broncos. With nothing on the line but pride against their longtime rivals, Reid has made a decision to sit starter Alex Smith in favor of Mahomes.

Patrick Mahomes will start on Sunday against the Broncos, per Andy Reid.

Mahomes, whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots to select No. 10 overall, has yet to take a regular-season snap, as Alex Smith has authored a career year in his 13th season.

"Every snap that he gets is a valuable snap for him whenever he has that chance of getting in there", Reid told reporters during his Wednesday press conference.


Smith's contract with the Chiefs doesn't expire until after the 2018 season, but if the team wants to move forward with Mahomes, cutting ties with him after this year would lead to $3.6 million in dead money against the salary cap in '18, not a bad amount to carry on the books.

Mahomes looked great in the preseason, completing 34/54 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Smith doesn't appear to be in danger of being benched, especially since the Chiefs have broken out of their midseason funk and won three games in a row.

Suddenly, a meaningless game on New Year's Eve has a little bit of intrigue.

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