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Arrowheadlines: Get ready for the Patrick Mahomes questions

5 takeaways from the Chiefs' preseason win from Pete, plus your comments and questions

Posted by Arrowhead Pride: For Kansas City Chiefs Fans on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chiefs Patrick Mahomes looks ready | The Kansas City Star

“He, for sure, had some nice plays,” Reid said. “He’s an enthusiastic kid, loves to play, and I thought he played well.”

Reid could watch a rocket bust up a meteor and say, “I thought the scientists did a good job executing,” so “for sure, had some nice plays,” is his equivalent of a cartwheel roundoff to a back handspring in a Mahomes No. 15 jersey.

Healthier Phililip Gaines looks to make an impression for Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

During training camp, Gaines often ran with the second team, starting only as the additional corner in a nickel. Nelson has started in the base across from Marcus Peters, and in a sub-package he’s gone inside with Terrance Mitchell taking the outside.

KC Chiefs-Cincinnati Bengals preseason game recap, 8/19/17 | The Kansas City Star

By the time Spiller finished the game with six rushes for 27 yards — a solid 4.5-yard average — and one catch for 16 yards, it was easy to envision him competing with Charcandrick West for the job as the team’s No. 3 back this year, a tremendous comeback story for a 30-year-old who saw much of his game-changing, 4.37 speed sapped by injuries the last two seasons. Even West flashed quickness and burst, slicing up the Bengals for a game-high 113 yards in seven carries, all in the second half.

Alex Smith sharp, Kareem Hunt active early for Chiefs | ProFootballTalk

Smith was 8-of-9 for 83 yards and a touchdown while leading the Chiefs to points on both possessions he played in Cincinnati. Smith’s biggest play came on the first drive when he floated a pass to tight end Travis Kelce for a 36-yard gain that helped set up a field goal. His touchdown came on a five-yard toss to tight end Demetrius Harris.

Patrick Mahomes II has another big game for Kansas City Chiefs | ESPN

One reason to be concerned: The short-yardage running game continues to be a problem. With their starting offensive line in the game, the Chiefs ran five times needing two yards or less for a first down or a touchdown; they converted only once. Spencer Ware, the Chiefs' biggest and most physical runner, didn't get the ball in any of those situations, but this was a shortcoming for the Chiefs last season even when he was the ball carrier.

Bengals vs Chiefs: 3 winners and 4 losers from second preseason game | Cincy Jungle

Both the Chiefs and Buccaneers walked right down the field with guys like Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict and Carlos Dunlap on the field. Pitiful tackling, busted coverages and a lack of consistent pressure made the starting defense looks like more of a weakness than a strength in both cases.

Chiefs quarterbacks roll in 30-12 win over Cincinnati | Chiefs Digest

Running back Kareem Hunt limped off the field following a run early in the second quarter. Head coach Andy Reid said Hunt tweaked his ankle and did not believe the injury to be serious.

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