Chiefs to start Patrick Mahomes in season finale

Lynette Rowe
December 28, 2017

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters that Mahomes will get first-team reps during practice this week, while normal starter Alex Smith runs the scout team and gets a weekend off.

The Chiefs selected a former Texas Tech quarterback in the 2017 draft, and they plan to play him in the final week of the season.

Kansas City traded up in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select Mahomes, who drew comparisons to Brett Favre, out of Texas Tech. His reemphasis on Hunt and dialing up shot plays for Smith has been part of a Chiefs offensive resurgence including averaging 30.75 points over the past month - up seven points over the previous four games.

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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.

If Mahomes is starting though, I can assume other starters will be sitting out.

Mahomes is only 22 years old, so keeping him on the bench to learn once more is an option, although smart money says general manager Brett Veach hands the keys to Mahomes for 2018. There's no guarantee that ends up happening. As such, they are taking this opportunity to give Mahomes his first career start. He also made at ton of pretty throws.

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