That moves him ahead of former Tennessee standout Tyler Bray and only behind incumbent Alex Smith, per multiple reports. That is right, Pat Mahomes is now.on the second team. Bray took snaps with the second and third teams followed by Joel Stave.
Bray threw an interception on his first series of Friday night's preseason game against the 49ers, but head coach Andy Reid was quick to dismiss that as a reason for the depth chart swap behind Smith.
Mahomes finished the game 7-of-9 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown with a quarterback rating of 126.4.
Due to the way the Chiefs rotate their quarterbacks, the move also means Mahomes will now log an occasional snap with the first-string offense, as Bray has done since training camp began three weeks ago. He had a gorgeous 83-yard touchdown heave to Chris Conley overturned by an offensive pass interference penalty.
The Chiefs sit in an unusual spot without an experienced backup quarterback.
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Smith certainly remains the starter in Kansas City, but Mahomes' performance thus far this summer in camp and the preseason lends credence to the idea that he will take over as the team's starter in the not-so-distant future. Mahomes won't start any games as a rookie as long as Smith is healthy, but no less than an outright competition for the starting job is on the horizon for next year. "I thought he actually did very well. and Patrick did a nice job, too".
"He had to do well so he could get in there to function and be able to go", Reid said. "He's doing just fine and I'm sure he's going to be just as good as everyone expects him to be".
There were concerns about Mahomes' ability to translate to the next level after playing in a college air raid system.
But Reid believes Mahomes stands up to the challenge. "He handles that pretty well". And really, we saw that even when we brought him in for that predraft test. Mahomes will nearly certainly jump Bray in the near future, but Smith is locked into the starting job. "But leading us and knowing his veteran presence has got some accountability to it". "I would tell you yes, but it's not something (Tyler) didn't do". "It's just what I want to do today".