Podcast: Patrick Mahomes plays Superman in debut

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes /

In a situation where failure was to be expected (or at least excused), Patrick Mahomes shined in his debut.

Against the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes was given a backup offensive line (plus Mitchell Schwartz), barely-seen offensive weapons (plus Albert Wilson), a hostile environment (at Mile High) and an extremely talented defense lining up across from him.

Mahomes could have spent the game checking down and nobody could have really blamed him. We’ve seen Alex Smith struggle behind the starting offensive line. Smith’s career year has come with a tremendous supporting cast of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt—a trio that combined for one touch with Mahomes. And Mahomes still impressed.

Patrick Mahomes was asked to turn Albert Wilson and Demetrius Harris into playmakers, and to not let Cam Erving, Jordan Devey and Parker Ehinger limit his game. That is a hefty task, and Mahomes did it.

Of course, there was a terrible interception and a few poor throws. But the times that Mahomes escaped dead-to-rights pressure to deliver a bullet 20 yards downfield—yes times, plural—is impossible to downplay.

Mahomes played Superman, even when Anthony Sherman was his sidekick. When Mahomes is on the field surrounded by a starting OL and All-Pro offensive weapons, the NFL will have to be on high alert.

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