ST. JOSEPH, Mo–Hello everyone, welcome to K.C. Blitz.
I’m Dan Lucy alongside of Matt Vereen and over the next 30 minutes we’re going to get you ready for Thursday night’s preseason game between the Chiefs and the Houston Texans.
Earlier this week daniel shedd and myself were in st joseph at chiefs training camp talking with coaches and players in preparation for the upcoming season.
We will share those stories over the next four weeks in these k-c blitz preseason shows.
Every year there are always new elements to the team.
In 20-18, you can find the biggest change under center.
Number 15, Patrick Mahomes is the new starting quarterback.
You could safely say the the Chief with the most pressure on his shoulders this training camp would be number 15 Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City traded Alex Smith to the Redskins to clear the decks and hand the keys to the offense to Mahomes.
And so far the first round draft pick is loving every minute of it.
“Yeah they’re loading me up but I love it. You love learning, you love being tested as an athlete. So for me, I am just going to keep grinding and keep grinding every single day. If make a mistake on the field I will fix it and be better the next time,” said Mahomes.
The learning curve is steep.
And Mahomes has faltered at times in St. Joe throwing interceptions and calling the wrong plays.
But that’s part of the growing process.
“He’s doing a great job. I know people wrote about the interceptions. I told you from the beginning that I don’t care about that stuff. I want him to test the offense. It’s so important. We give him a ton of plays and I want him testing it. If you don’t have intestinal fortitude to go test it then you’re going to be one of those quarterbacks that checks it down every time. And that’s not what it’s all about. The great thing about Pat is that he never makes the same mistake twice. It doesn’t happen,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
The reason that Kansas City traded up in the 2017 draft to get Mahomes was because of his big arm and the guts to fire the ball deep.
At Texas Tech he threw for more than 12-thousand yards and 115 touchdowns in three seasons.
Mahomes dad was a major league pitcher so Patrick didn’t completely embrace the pigskin until college.
Mahomes:”I think it was my first year of college when I really fell in love with the X’s and O’s. In high school, it is very generic. At Texas Tech it is a spread. They put a lot on the quarterback, but it is still not a such as you do now.”
Kansas City has weapons for Mahomes to target like veteran tight end Travis Kelce and new Chief Sammy Watkins.
“He enjoys playing the game. It’s not just on the field but it’s in practice. Every single day he brings it. That’s what you love, it helps keep the energy up and makes this job fun. It’s something that the guys feed off of. It’s cool to see the quarterback bring a lot of energy,” said Kelce.
“He’s a confident guy. He’s got a big arm. It think you guys saw today when he overthrew me and I was running pretty fast. He’s a special guy. We’ve just got to help him out and we’ve got to be on the same page,” said Watkins.
Mahomes is a go big or go home kind of guy.
And isn’t afraid to mention Super Bowl when asked about team goals.
Mahomes:”That is the expectation. When you win back to back AFC West championships that is the next step. For me when you say those words you have to know every single day you come in and you have to grind. You have to know every single day you come in you have to grind.”