The ultra-talented, former MVP Patrick Mahomes has had a very successful career so far. But with a new look offense will the quarterback have his best season yet?
When Patrick Mahomes took over as the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018 he took the NFL by storm. Since then he has won the MVP award and has appeared in the Super Bowl twice, winning one of those appearances. Many analysts believe that Mahomes is the best Quarterback in the league currently, but with many new faces on the Chiefs’ roster this year can he surpass his previous great years?
Mahomes has had the luxury of throwing to some of the league’s best in his career. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill have been at the top of the game for some time now. But this year there is one major change, the absence of Tyreek Hill. Hill’s ability to flat-out fly past coverage has been the source of most of Kansas City’s big plays in the past. With that ability shipped off to Miami, how did the Chiefs recover?
Kansas City had a very solid offseason on the offensive side of the football. The Chiefs signed wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. They also drafted a talented receiver in Skyy Moore in this year’s NFL Draft to make one of the deepest receiving cores Kansas City has had in recent memory. They also made a splash in the running back room adding Ronald Jones to the mix to help create a well-balanced attack.
Mahomes’ best season so far was his first year starting where he threw for over 5000 yards and 50 touchdowns (it’s pretty hard to top that). This is the first season where the Chiefs’ offense is more deep than top loaded. In years past Mahomes would mostly rely on Kelce and Hill for most of the big play opportunities or key third down situations. This season will be different as Mahomes has his pick of the litter to throw the ball too. He can utilize Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling’s size for red-zone and third-down situations, and use Mecole Hardman’s speed to beat the safeties downfield. And not to mention he can still rely on Travis Kelce for all of the above. This can be the reason that Mahomes can be due for his biggest season yet.
Now that Mahomes doesn’t have to rely on one or two players for most of his passes, he will be able to utilize the full playbook to his advantage. The best thing you can do for a quarterback is to surround him with the most talent possible, and that is precisely what Kansas City did this offseason.
The signing of Ronald Jones will help the team become more of a balanced offense rather than the air raid offense we have become accustomed to. With this signing, it will ensure stability at the position if Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be unavailable. If the Chiefs are able to become a balanced team the NFL needs to be on alert for what Patrick Mahomes will do this season.