With a resolidified offensive line QB1 Patrick Mahomes takes his usual position under center and prepares to do his best to shock and aw those of us watching him. Then, at the end of the season, he once again hoists the Lombardi trophy! This season Jeffri Chadlha of NFL.com states, “Mahomes has spent his offseason learning how to the most out of less accomplished talents.”
It seems, at this time, no truer statement has been made about Kansas City’s starting quarterback. Now, don’t get me wrong, the duo of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will remain the focus of a majority of snaps. However, we also know that defenses are built to shut down this tag team as best they can. So which of the other receivers will step up and produce in the clutch moments?
“I think a lot of guys had a really good OTAs and a really good minicamp,” Mahomes said on Thursday, the final day of his team’s mandatory minicamp. “They’re making plays at practice every single day, and I have the ultimate trust in them that no matter who’s in the game, we’re going to make some plays happen.”
To hear those words from Mahomes will surely put a smile on the faces of every Chiefs fan and let us rest a little easier at night. Talk is Mahomes has never started a season with so many questions about his receivers. But unless you have been living under a rock for the last three seasons. Mahomes is one of those superstars that makes everyone around him better. His optimism is unmatched on the field, and his entire team feeds off that optimism.
WR Demarcus Robinson has already made a statement in the offseason that he is ready for 1000 yard receiving season. Mecole Hardman has shown flashes of brilliance since his rookie season. It will be interesting to see which will get the start opposite of Hill. Or, will another make a push for the number two spot? Gehrig Dieter, Antonio Callaway, Marcus Kemp, or Bryon Pringle?
Even rookie Cornell Powell is making splashes in mini-camp. Mahomes started in early June, “They know how to make plays!” speaking Powell and rookie TE Noah Gray, who is also turning heads in camp.
Chiefs even signed Daurice Fountain after inviting him to try out at rookie minicamp. Fountain is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds—a fifth-round pick of the Colts back in 2018 out of Northern Iowa. Former Packer WR/Returner Darrius Shepherd has also been added to the mix. So to say there are multiple options in the receiving corps is an understatement.
With 15 receivers on the roster, many of them are with four years or less experience at the time of this writing. However, several have been with Mahomes and the Chiefs for long enough to have the system and quarterback play down. Now is the time for them to step up and show us all what they have.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is using mini-camps to focus more on becoming a bigger part of the Chiefs passing attack. “Working on my hands and catching,” Edwards-Helaire said on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t say it was a problem last year, but just understanding our offense – we move the ball around, and we spread the field – so why not work on something that I feel like I can improve on? That was one of my steps as far as improvement goes.”
So with all this “less accomplished” receiving talent around him. One can only ask, Will Mahomes continue to flourish? The simple and, in my opinion, the only answer is yes, with Hill now being the receivers’ veteran, and he and Kelce showing others how to be great receivers. There is no doubt in my or any Chiefs fan mind that QB1 will take this receiving corps to the pinnacle of the NFL once again.
For a fan not to believe is ridiculous. But when some experts come out and say they believe Kansas City will go undefeated in the regular season or even 20-0. The belief in Mahomes and his abilities as a quarterback and an overall leader speaks for itself.
*All stat and info from NFL.com and Chiefs.com
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