Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes learned this the hard way on Wednesday, when the first-round rookie tried to throw the ball away near the sideline and could only watch as linebacker Reshard Cliett jumped the intended receiver’s route for an interception that ended the practice.
“(I learned that) if I’m going to throw the ball away, just throw it way out of bounds,” Mahomes explained. “You’ve got to learn from those mistakes. They happen, but you’ve got to eliminate them and not let them happen again.”
He enjoys working with Reid, who he called “a progressive coach” who exhibits “zero ego.”
“There’s tough love, but it’s all because he cares,” Nagy said. “He genuinely cares about me as a person.”
“It was inconsistency,” Ford said of his 2016 season. “There were high points and there were low points. The ultimate point was that I wasn’t healthy. That’s the ultimate goal heading into this year — to be more consistent. You’re going to tweak and get better at things as you go, but the ultimate goal is to be healthy so you can execute those things.”
The yards seem a little low to me. Alex has been between roughly 3,200 yards and 3,500 yards since he came to Kansas City. I would take the over here, assuming he’s healthy all season. He has improved on his yardage in each of the past three seasons.
“The NFL, it was good,” Arenas said. “Technically, I played seven years. Five years, I was on somebody’s roster and I was in camp the other two. I’m not mad. I had my opportunity. I know I could have done more. I know why I’m not playing in the NFL right now. I had the opportunity to come up here, I can do all the things I should have done, little extra things like taking care of my body, watching more film and being better prepared.
“It was a thing where I’m just glad the police got the guy,” Mahomes said after practice Wednesday. “Everybody was safe. It was something that you’re just glad the police did their job really well.”
26. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes’ first full season as a starter was rocky, the defense is old and Tyreek Hill is their only weapon on offense. The Chiefs are basically rebuilding.
Matt Cassel will miss the rest of Titans OTAs after he injured his thumb on his throwing hand. As the tweet above says from Ian Rapoport, Cassel is expected to be ready in time for training camp. That is good.
“It was the whole few years I wasn't playing in Kansas City that allowed me to continue to work on my craft mentally, physically, and emotionally,” Cooper said following Tuesday’s OTA. “That prepared me for those moments last year.”
Without fail, rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes is among the last to head to the locker room at the end of the day.
“These veterans are guys who have been around the league, been in the league or have been very successful,” Mahomes said of his quarterback mates Alex Smith and Tyler Bray. “In order to be like them, I’ve got to really go as hard as they do and catch up to them.”
Mahomes never appears lonely on the practice field. Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and offensive quality control coach — as well as former Andy Reid QB pupil — Mike Kafka frequently work directly with Mahomes during or after practice. Reid and assistant head coach Brad Childress also have one-on-one talks with the rookie during practice.