Patrick Mahomes moves up Chiefs depth chart

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 14, 2017

That moves him ahead of former Tennessee standout Tyler Bray and only behind incumbent Alex Smith, per multiple reports.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced Sunday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will now be the backup quarterback. The first-team offense marched down the field in an eight-play, 75-yard drive covering just 3 minutes and 22 seconds. Bray took snaps with the second and third teams followed by Joel Stave.

The move comes after Friday's preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers in which Mahomes outshone the fifth-year veteran Bray, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season National Football League game.

In Friday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, Mahomes finished 7-of-9 for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Bray meanwhile completed 5 of 8 passes for 63 yards and interception for a quarterback rating of 47.4. He had a gorgeous 83-yard touchdown heave to Chris Conley overturned by an offensive pass interference penalty.

The move demonstrates the Chiefs have confidence in their quarterback of the future. This season marks Bray's fifth in the league but he has yet to throw a pass in a regular-season game. "And it's not because of Tyler's performance in the game". "I thought he actually did very well. and Patrick did a nice job, too".

"He had to do well so he could get in there to function and be able to go", Reid said.

"We're throwing a lot at the guy, and it's fun to see him grow", Cheifs tight end Travis Kelce told ESPN.

"It gives him an opportunity to step up and work with that second group and see what he can do there", Reid said.

"I've done a million different things, so if you're going to try to put it in a box, I'm not sure we can do that", Reid said.

There were concerns about Mahomes' ability to translate to the next level after playing in a college air raid system. The rookie said during offseason workouts that spitting out plays in the huddle remained a skill that needs improvement. "He handles that pretty well". And really, we saw that even when we brought him in for that predraft test. Finally, his coaches in Kansas City are starting to see it. "While I am on quarterbacks, Alex (Smith) like I mentioned yesterday, did a nice job".

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