The last time Kansas City Chiefs fans had the opportunity to see Patrick Mahomes in a truly competitive game situation was New Year’s Eve 2017, when the Chiefs traveled to Denver for their Week 17 matchup with the Broncos.
You don’t need to be a math wizard to know that was about seven months and a week ago.
And because of that, Thursday night arrived with feelings of anticipation and promise that was were nearly impossible to live up to—the expectation of dazzling long passes and touchdown throws with hardly any game planning at all.
What we got Thursday night from Mahomes wasn’t really all that bad or all that good. In fact, it wasn’t really anything at all.
What stood out about the Chiefs offense wasn’t Mahomes. It wasn't Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill or Sammy Watkins. It was the double-move and resulting touchdown grab of former 2016 fourth-rounder Demarcus Robinson.
Demarcus Robinson double move, FTW. pic.twitter.com/7dDLCE49sk— Chiefs Central (@ChiefsCentral) August 10, 2018
Facing third-and-1 on the Houston 24, Robinson went one-on-one with Texans cornerback Dee Virgin. All it took was a small flinch by Virgin for Robinson to create space, and his quickness did the rest with the over-the-shoulder catch for the touchdown.
“Coach (Andy) Reid called it up, a little double move, and we got the perfect coverage, one-on-one,” Chiefs backup Chad Henne, who entered the game in the second quarter for Mahomes, said. “D-Rob made a great move with the first move, and just beat him over the top.”
After coming up with the grab, Robinson celebrated the score as if it came in a playoff game.
“A touchdown is a touchdown,” Robinson told reporters, when asked why he was so excited. “A catch is a catch. I’ll take them all, whether it’s preseason or playoff, first game, whatever it is, I’ll take it all.”
Robinson finished with three receptions and a team-leading 48 yards on the evening.
“He did some good things,” Reid said of Robinson in his post-game press conference. “We have him playing all over. You saw him running around a couple of times trying to get lined up. He’s been pretty good at doing that and getting where he needs to be. When he does, you see what he does. He did a nice job on a stop-and-go route and it was a nice throw by Chad (Henne).”
Robinson has turned heads in training camp and on Thursday night, it translated to competitive play. The Chiefs have a good problem on their hands when it comes to that third-wide receiver position. Robinson should continue to give Chris Conley a run for his money as training camp and the preseason roll along.