As Chiefs training camp opens up all eyes will be on rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City sacrificed their first round pick in 2018 to move up and select the former Texas Tech Red Raider. Mahomes will likely enter the season behind Alex Smith, but he is clearly the future at quarterback for the Chiefs.
Mahomes skill set is an entire 180 degree turn from Smith. While Smith is known to be a check-down type quarterback, Mahomes is willing to air it out and make huge throws down field. He can get creative when plays break down and was arguably the best play maker at quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.
During his three years at Texas Tech, Mahomes appeared in 32 games. During that time he completed 857 passes for 11,252 yards and a 93/29 TD/INT ratio.
He also became somewhat of a dual threat quarterback, proving he can make plays in the running game. He rushed 308 times for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Fans attending training camp are hoping to see Mahomes play making ability through the air and the ground. He must adjust to playing in a pro-style offense and work on his fundamentals, but there’s no doubt Mahomes play style should be fun to watch.
Mahomes also won’t be alone in his transition from college to the pros. Of course he will have his normal coaches, but he will also have a former Pro Bowl quarterback helping his every move.
BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reported that Michael Vick is one of the Chiefs coaching interns during training camp. Kissel also pointed out that Vick and head coach Andy Reid are familiar during their time together with the Eagles.
There's a familiar face helping #Chiefs QBs at camp this year.
Michael Vick is one of Andy Reid's coaching interns.
More on this later. pic.twitter.com/cTlpQBGYvo
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) July 25, 2017
Vick’s history is certainly tarnished due to his infamous dog fighting case. However there’s no arguing that he was one of, if not the best dual threat quarterback of all time.
Vick was voted to the Pro Bowl four times during his career, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2010. Overall he appeared in 143 games, completing 1,807 passes for 22,464 yards and a 133/88 TD/INT ratio. He also ran 873 times for 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns.
The former Falcons and Eagles star should help Mahomes transition to the NFL while allowing him to keep his play making traits. Vick should be able to teach Mahomes how to be a better runner and how to create plays in space. Overall, Vick is handing the torch from himself to Mahomes during his rookie season.
Adam Schefter pointed out that Vick has been wanting to get into coaching for years.
Here's what Chiefs' coaching intern Mike Vick said this spring about his desire to become a coach:https://t.co/33SMZ45GnF
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2017
He will now get his opportunity as he looks to groom Patrick Mahomes into the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback of the future.
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