The Las Vegas Raiders’ decision to release Demarcus Robinson confirms Patrick Mahomes’ improvement in 2022.
Cries for Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes to crash to Earth, which rang through television and radio speakers over the past six months, were silenced in 11 snaps on Saturday against the Chicago Bears. Just as soon as the Chiefs’ starting offense ran a series of preseason downs, the narrative surrounding their potential shifted.
Since March, all you could hear about Kansas City’s offense was a projection of the inevitable regression which lay ahead in the post-Tyreek Hill era. Mahomes completed 6-of-7 pass attempts to six different receivers in his first preseason outing, and he was suddenly—rightfully—regarded once more as the best quarterback in the game.
Takes calling for Tyreek as the key to Mahomes Magic disappeared overnight, but now, ironically, it was a roster decision made by the Raiders on Monday that solidified the counterargument to that line of thought.
Demarcus Robinson walked away from Kansas City in free agency this year and signed with the Raiders on a one-year $1.187 million deal, which included roughly $500K dollars guaranteed. It was as clear-cut a “prove it” deal as you will find for a wide receiver in today’s market, and he failed to do so. With the Las Vegas pass-catchers led by Davante Adams, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow, Robinson fell out of consideration and was released.
In a world where hot takes are praised, the bandwagon of NFL fans—and more particularly AFC West rivals—who hopped on to support Mahomes’ supposed obligatory struggles in the wake of Hill’s absence were proven wrong with one headline. If Robinson, one of the more productive Chiefs receivers of the past two seasons, isn’t even serviceable without Mahomes throwing him passes, it should be clear that Mahomes will be his best self this season.
It takes little research to learn that the talent in Mahomes’ new arsenal supersedes that of the past two years, so what else is there to question? Whether the debate is had in regards to fantasy value or who will win the MVP this season, the only evidence needed to prove that Patrick Mahomes will reign supreme in 2022 lies in the fact that he has legitimate NFL-caliber talent sprinkled across the line of scrimmage—something he’s not had since 2020.