KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last year during the preseason, Patrick Mahomes got the most snaps of any Chiefs quarterback. Well, that was last year.
"I'll give the quarterbacks each a quarter, and then it kind of follows that way with the ones and the twos and the threes," said head coach Andy Reid Tuesday after practice.
Yes, Mahomes has graduated from backup quarterback to starting quarterback, which means he'll be protected this preseason and not showcased.
"I was curious to see him play last year, and he did a nice job," said Reid. "It is a different role for him, but I expect him to just go play. Go do his thing."
Mahomes went 34-54 for 390 yards during 2017's four preseason games. He threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Said Reid, "Working with the ones, there's a little bit more to it than if you're a backup and know you're not playing, but that's expected."
Mahomes is just eager to get back on the field.
"I just want to go out there and be efficient, hopefully get a couple of drives and a couple of touchdowns. If it's a few drives that end with running touchdowns or throwing touchdowns, whatever, I just want to move the ball and be efficient," said Mahomes.