Patrick Mahomes II wants to get out of the huddle without any issues Cortez Kennedy Jersey , call the right protections and limit his mistakes, all while leading the Chiefs to a couple of touchdowns when he plays the first quarter of their preseason opener against Houston on Thursday night.
If something doesn’t work according to plan? He’ll be in coach Andy Reid’s ear to stay out there.
“I mean, yes, kind of,” Mahomes said with a grin. “I know he’s going to keep it where he can try to let everyone play and get everyone. But if I don’t score I might say something to him.”
There are a few things to unpack from that statement.
First, the Chiefs’ new starting quarterback has high expectations for himself Matt Schaub Jersey , perhaps even higher than those of a fan base that is already fawning over him. Second, he is secure enough to lobby a coach who’s been at this for two decades to reconsider his plan. And third, he understands his job is to put up points, especially considering the myriad question marks surrounding the defense.
Oh, and fourth: There is a competitive streak in Mahomes that is nearly unrivaled.
“We are going to try to win. That is the first thing coach Reid said when we were game planning for this week is he doesn’t like losing,” Mahomes said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes. I am going to try to encourage those guys and help those guys on the sideline. We have a lot of competitors Marshon Lattimore Jersey , so hopefully we can win the football game.”
The result doesn’t matter much, of course. It will likely be decided long after the starters exit following the first quarter, and probably after the backups hang up their helmets at halftime.
Still, the Chiefs hope to begin building some momentum for the regular season right away.
“You’re looking for assignment football. You’re looking, when the juices get going, how you handle that Alex Collins Jersey ,” Reid said. “You’re in the stadium with the fans there. We’ve had a great turnout here (at camp), but it’s a little different with the lights on and it’s game time.
“It’s one more evaluation period that you have a chance to see these guys in.”
This will be Eric Bieniemy’s debut as offensive coordinator after the longtime running backs coach was promoted to replace current Bears coach Matt Nagy. He has worked closely with Mahomes throughout camp and will be wearing the headset to communicate with him on game day.
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor should probably keep his head on a swivel when the Jets share the practice field with Washington during training camp.
The two teams will have joint practices before an August preseason game and Washington linebacker Zach Brown said that it will provide him and his fellow defensive players to do something they weren’t allowed to do when Pryor was their teammate last year.
During an appearance on The Team 980, Brown said that coach Jay Gruden didn’t let defenders get physical with Pryor last year and noted that Gruden isn’t able “to protect you anymore” while warning Pryor away from trying to make highlight reel catches in practice sessions.
“That鈥檚 going to be something right there,” Brown said, via NBC Sports Washington. “The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now. … The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year. Try to one-hand something while you鈥檙e with the Jets, you鈥檙e gonna catch a forearm.”
Pryor didn’t get in any work during OTAs or minicamp as he recovered from a surgery related to the ankle injury that brought his lone season in Washington to an early end. He declared himself healthy聽and ready to go for camp at the end of last week Shilique Calhoun Jersey , so it seems Brown and company are on track for their shot to take shots at the wideout.
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