The Kansas City Chiefs might have just found their new franchise quarterback this season. The Chiefs traded their quarterback Alex Smith in the offseason to the Washington Redskins for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith started his career with the 49ers but moved to the Chiefs in 2013. He spent five years with the Chiefs. He was a good quarterback and guided the team to the playoffs in four out of his five seasons. But Smith failed to get Kansas City past the divisional round of the playoffs.
Franchise Quarterback in the Making
Patrick Mahomes was the number 10 pick overall of the 2017 draft by the Chiefs. As a rookie he only started one game, but it wasn’t a bad one. Mahomes threw 22/35 for 284 yards and one interception, along with a 66.7% competition. Kansas City won that game against the Denver Broncos, showing a glimpse of talent the backup quarterback had hidden behind Smith.
After trading Smith, Mahomes was named the starting quarterback. Even with a sneak peak of the immense talent Mahomes has, no one expects a rookie to come out swinging. Especially against two solid teams and veteran quarterbacks from the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
His first two games were the best most people have seen from a second-year quarterback in a long time. Kansas City has started their season 2-0. Mahomes threw a record 10 touchdown passes in his first two games and absolutely no interceptions. With those statistics, Mahomes leads the league in touchdown passes and the Chiefs as a team have the most points scored so far this season.
Mahomes has had an exemplary start and teams that face him will need to prepare. Week 2, he hit Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins for over 100 yards- both only had six receptions. Tyreek Hill was 10 yards shy of 100 with only five receptions. Every single touchdown pass has come from the shotgun formation, meaning he is ready to launch it down the field if need be. In fact, four out of the six touchdown passes were thrown from 15 yards or more.
Kansas City is now a huge threat to not only their AFC West rivals but every team in the NFL. They also might have just found their new franchise quarterback. The Chiefs are set to face the 49ers at home in week 3. Then travel in week 4 to face the team that started it all for Mahomes- the Denver Broncos.