Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes sees marked improvement in preseason week 2
After their second straight win of the 2021 preseason, the Kansas City Chiefs are on a roll before their final show.
The game in Arizona was the first opportunity for fans to see the starters on display for an extended period of play, and while they didn’t seem ready for the regular season just yet, the excitement for the new season was palpable, even in hostile territory.
MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes hasn’t had his best performance against the Cardinals, but given it’s still preseason, there’s obviously no cause for concern. He had communication issues with his receivers and escaped the game unscathed, which is all one could hope for given the circumstances. Speaking to reporters after the show, Mahomes seemed confident the Chiefs were making progress and building momentum for the regular season.
“I think we did a great job,” said Mahomes of the team’s performance in Arizona. “Obviously we don’t have our full game plan, but we’ve done some good things and made a few calls that we’ll be calling throughout the regular season. Defense, like tonight, will be different from the defenses we’re playing, so it was good to make those calls with them. I thought the guys were on the same page and doing the right checks when they were needed. So it’s definitely been two good first games, and I’m looking for
forward to the third.
Kansas City’s first practice in Friday’s game saw Mahomes make a few runs on the ground, which left some fans uneasy after taking his first hits from the new campaign. He didn’t seem particularly concerned about his need to convert on third ground downs and told reporters his line did a great job keeping him upright throughout the game.
“It wasn’t too bad,” he explained of the first hits, “Obviously the third down, where I wanted the first down but didn’t really want to get hit, that was it. a. But really, I thought they kept me pretty clean. It was a pretty clean game for the most part. The only mistake we really made was when I tried to throw the ball and left it where he could still pick up the ball. So other than that we had a pretty good game.
The development of the offensive line throughout the preseason process was a major storyline leading to some meaningful games in September. Mahomes seemed pleased with the progress in his post-game commentary, telling media that his time under center against the Cardinals had been helpful in putting everyone on the same page.
“Obviously in training you go hard and you can really communicate,” said Mahomes. “There is a crowd, but it’s not noisy. People’s juice is flowing in the game. So whenever the game goes, being able to communicate with the whole offensive line, being on the same page, and being able to execute whenever the game is called.
On the work the Chiefs offense has been able to get in fourth down situations, Mahomes said he aims to build on last season’s momentum to make the final a viable option to go from there. ‘before.
“It’s super valuable,” he said of the situation reps, “I think we did a great job last year in the fourth test so it’s definitely something we will continue. It’s the coach (Andy) Reid who has confidence, and “EB” (offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy) who has confidence in us and me knowing that if it’s a third and a long, and that we get to a fourth and short situation, we’re more than likely going to have a chance to go. It’s definitely valuable. I think the most valuable thing we’ve done was to have these workouts. long lasting. It’s great to score with a game, and I’m sure we’ll get a few over the course of the season, but to have those records where you need to be, I think that’s the thing. the most important that you get away from it. Game. “
As the preseason draws to a close, Kansas City looks set to meet the dizzying expectations that come with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Mahomes has settled into his role as an accomplished veteran quarterback, and as momentum continues to build for the Chiefs over the next two weeks, a regular season start should be on the horizon in September.