Whatever else is true, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has stirred the imaginations of those who look for unusual NFL records that could be broken.
Here’s another one to examine — this one courtesy of Good Morning Football host Peter Schrager.
Nine different @Chiefs players have caught touchdown passes through three games. The @NFL record FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON is thirteen.— GMFB (@gmfb) September 24, 2018
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Schrager is correct. Through three weeks of the season, 12 different Chiefs players have caught passes from Mahomes, and nine of them have caught at least one touchdown pass. Sammy Watkins caught his first touchdown pass as a Chief on Sunday, and Marcus Kemp recorded his first reception on the season.
Of the three remaining pass catchers yet without a touchdown, Spencer Ware would probably be the most likely to get one, followed by Damien Williams and Kemp.
But even if all three eventually get touchdown catches, that’s still just 12 — not a record-setting 14.
So who’s left? Neither running back Darrel Williams or tight end Alex Ellis — the remaining offensive skill players on the active roster — have yet seen playing time. The most likely way either of them — or practice squad players like Gehrig Dieter, Josh Crockett or David Wells — are going to see the field would be if currently active players miss playing time due to injury.
So how else could the Chiefs get to 14?
The Chiefs don’t presently have a defensive back that seems like a good candidate to get snaps as an offensive player - like Deion Sanders did.
Nor does head coach Andy Reid have much history of having linemen report as eligible receivers like Marty Shottenheimer used to do. Chiefs offensive lineman Joe Valerio became a Kansas City folk hero between 1993 and 1995, when he was targeted on tackle-eligible plays four times, resulting in four touchdown passes.
But that seems odd, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t you expect Reid to be the guy who thinks of putting an eligible tackle on the field to create more misdirection for his offense, rather than the staid Shottenheimer?
Barring injuries, something like that is probably what it will take for Patrick Mahomes to get touchdown passes to 14 different Chiefs in 2018.
But in this season, just about anything might be possible. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Which Chiefs player will be the next one to catch a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes?
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Patrick Mahomes (Hey... it happens!)
A modern-day Joe Valerio