Many NFL teams avoid playing established starters during the first week of the preseason schedule — especially at the quarterback position.
But, for the second year in a row, Andy Reid is going against the grain when it comes to that philosophy.
Just as he did last season, Patrick Mahomes will start in the Chiefs’ preseason opener on Sunday.
Mahomes, the reigning league and Super Bowl MVP, said he’s looking forward to playing and getting hit in some game-time action.
“I always say, that first hit. You want to get hit where it’s not too hard, but you can feel it,” Mahomes told reporters on Friday. “You go through a long offseason of working through the pocket and knowing that guys are rushing, but they can’t touch you. So, it’s just different when you get in the game and you’re able to get tackled and everything like that.”
In addition to Mahomes, the Chiefs are also planning to play new starting offensive tackles Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor.
“Adding the new tackles, it’ll be good to kind of get a feel for them as well,” Mahomes continued. “I mean, they’ve done great in training camp so far so I am excited for them to get that opportunity to go out in a real game.”
The Chiefs will face off against the New Orleans Saints in their preseason opener on Sunday afternoon.