KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The primary week of Kansas City Chiefs offseason follow for Patrick Mahomes II was noteworthy not a lot for something the rookie did or didn’t accomplish, however for the place he was positioned on the quarterback depth chart.
Mahomes was a stable No. three behind starter Alex Smith and second-string quarterback Tyler Bray. That wasn't a shock, not with the Chiefs decided to not smash Mahomes by speeding him into the lineup earlier than they decide he is able to play.
So his keep because the third quarterback might final for a while.
"There's extra than simply stepping again and throwing the soccer," Chiefs coach Andy Reid mentioned. "That place we have grown into a reasonably robust factor to select up straight away."
The educational course of is intensive for Mahomes, who performed solely in the unfold offense at Texas Tech. The gamut of things on his record runs from fundamentals like calling performs in the huddle, one thing he wasn't requested to do in faculty, to extra difficult issues like making pre-snap changes on the line of scrimmage primarily based on what he is seeing from the protection.
"He is studying to take drops and keep in the pocket and do the issues we anticipate him to do," Reid mentioned. "The factor you see is the imaginative and prescient he had in faculty and clearly the arm power and accuracy. You see these issues. However he is studying the drops. He is studying to name the performs in the huddle, calling issues on the line of scrimmage. There's an entire plate there that he is obtained to digest.
"The one factor I respect about him is he is a type of guys that desires to be nice. That is what he desires to do. That is how he is approaching the sport."
The Chiefs are attempting to hurry the developmental course of by feeding Mahomes extra work in follow than the No. three quarterback would possibly usually anticipate. However on the latest rookie camp Mahomes acknowledged being overwhelmed on the quantity of issues he is been requested to study, saying the final time he felt this fashion was as a freshman at Texas Tech.
"It is an entire new expertise if you come in and also you're attempting to study a brand new playbook," he mentioned. "On the identical time, you need to be studying the defenses. You must actually be sure to know what is going on on so you may learn defenses and make the fitting performs.
"It is much more than I had at Texas Tech, however we're studying as we go and we're getting higher each single rep."
Bray, like Mahomes, has by no means taken a snap in a daily-season NFL recreation. However he is been with the Chiefs for 4 seasons and has a greater grasp of what Reid expects from his quarterbacks, which is why he is No. 2 on the depth chart, no less than for now.
"He is earned the fitting to be in that place," Reid mentioned. "Now he is obtained to keep up it."