Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Rookie Patrick Mahomes Impressing at Training Camp

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Rookie Patrick Mahomes Impressing at Training Camp

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Kansas City Chiefs rookie Patrick Mahomes found himself in an unusual position just before training camp started.

John Dorsey, the general manager who drafted him, had been fired and his replacement, Brett Veach, was just starting his tenure as GM. But one of Veach's top priorities was getting the team's quarterback of the future signed. Turns out, that also was a priority to Mahomes.

"I think with my agents and Mr. (Clark) Hunt, they had good communication the whole way and I knew that the contract was going to get done," Mahomes said. "I wanted to be at camp on time. I didn't want to miss any reps. I wanted to be here. I'm just glad it got done and we can just play football now."

Mahomes' deal is for four years with $16.4 million guaranteed, including a $10.1 million signing bonus. The Chiefs, who had an off day Wednesday, also hold a fifth-year option on Mahomes for the 2021 season.

Though training camp isn't yet a week old, the gunslinger out of Texas Tech already is turning heads, as his arm strength has garnered several "oohs" and "aahs" from teammates and coaches. Mahomes also has been accurate throwing deep, including a recent bomb to Tyreek Hill that went for a touchdown.

Mahomes showed promise recently in the two-minute drill, leading the team to a touchdown in four plays and doing so in just over a minute. On the first play, Mahomes hit tight end Ross Travis down the seam for a big gain on what offensive coordinator Matt Nagy called a "phenomenal throw."

He then connected with C.J. Spiller out of the backfield on consecutive plays. On the fourth and final play of the drive, he dropped back to throw but scrambled and ran in for a touchdown. While Mahomes is known for his arm, his legs also are a big part of his game. And between the end of OTAs and the start of training camp, Mahomes worked on his footwork with offensive quality control coach Mike Kafka.

"We were just out there working a little extra and working with Coach Kafka and he could see the improvements that I had stayed with and didn't lose anything," Mahomes said. …

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