Alex Smith came out Friday night and on his first play, threw a 32-yard pass to Tyreek Hill. That had to feel really good given to the endless “but he doesn’t throw the ball down the field” chatter we so often hear in Kansas City.
But I’ve never been a naysayer in that regard. I know Smith can throw the ball down to me. What jumped out to me was his 10-yard scramble.
So we’ll be tracking accurate throws, inaccurate throws, multiple read snaps, bad decisions, and franchise QB throws/plays. After taking a look at the numbers, we’ll talk about what I saw from Mahomes’s film in his very first NFL(ish) game. For the sake of inclusiveness I’ve included plays called back by penalties (of which there were roughly eleventy million. Sheesh, refs, we get it, you’re trying to set a tone during the preseason. Enough already).
After several failed attempts to nab a batch of nachos, the raccoon moved on to presumably an easier heist.
Meanwhile, defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches was looking like a true starter out there as he competed against the 49ers’ first-team in place of Bennie Logan.
If Mahomes is to be the primary backup, he needs preseason chances to execute the first-string offense. He deserves that opportunity just to connect with Tyreek Hill, the deep threat Chiefs starter Alex Smith found with a 32-yard sideline strike on the first snap against the Niners.
“Coach Reid asked me if I liked it from what I had seen from the other quarterbacks,’’ Mahomes said after the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to the 49ers. “They both completed theirs and I thought it was a good idea. We went out there and completed it and then tried to build upon that every time.’’
So Reid had starting quarterback Alex Smith go down the field for Tyreek Hill on the Chiefs' first play in Friday night's 27-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He had Tyler Bray go deep down the right sideline for Chris Conley on his initial snap after replacing Smith. He had rookie Patrick Mahomes II throw downfield for Demarcus Robinson on the opening play of his NFL career.
The Chiefs completed all three passes: 32 yards from Smith to Hill, 83 from Bray to Conley, 41 from Mahomes to Robinson.
Coach Andy Reid should be fairly happy with Mahomes' performance as the rookie showed off some versatility in the Chiefs' 27-17 loss to the 49ers. In Week 2 of the preseason, Mahomes should see more action when Kansas City plays at Cincinnati next Saturday (7 p.m. ET).