|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 7|
|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||September 17, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 1 (10)|
Mahomes had his fifth-year option extended Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: There might not be a more obvious fifth-year extension in the history of the NFL than this one, but the Chiefs filed the paperwork to extend their Super Bowl MVP. It seems entirely likely a historic multi-year contract is on the horizon, as general manager Clark Hunt hinted the team would like to come to a long-term extension with their star quarterback following the 2020 NFL Draft.
Chiefs general manager Clark Hunt suggested a possible extension for Mahomes could come following the 2020 NFL Draft, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Analysis: It's not particularly surprising the Chiefs want to lock up a long-term extension with their Super Bowl MVP and transcendent quarterback, but it should be telling Hunt is even mentioning a certain time frame. While making Mahomes' extension "a priority" after the draft seems reasonable, a likely lofty sticker price could slow the negotiations somewhat. The 24-year-old is not expected to hold out in any way regardless of what type of conversations occur throughout the rest of the offseason.
Coach Andy Reid relayed Tuesday that he doesn't believe Mahomes will require offseason surgery after dislocating his kneecap this past October, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. "Right now he looks good," Reid said of the QB, who capped his 2019 season by earning Super Bowl LIV MVP honors. "He was out throwing with Dez (Bryant) the other day so he looked like he was slinging it around pretty good. I think he's fine."
Analysis: Given that Mahomes was able to play through his aches and pains as last year's campaign rolled along, this isn't especially surprising, but Reid's words do at least reinforce that Mahomes' offseason appears to be going fine at this stage. Heading into the 2019 season, Mahomes was the clear-cut No. 1 ranked fantasy QB. While he retains elite status in advance of the 2020 slate, he's now joined by fellow signal caller Lamar Jackson as a top-tier option at his position.
Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. He also rushed nine times for 29 yards and another score and fumbled twice, but both were recovered by the offense.
Analysis: It was far from easy, but Mahomes managed to overcome yet more postseason struggles to help the Chiefs notch their third consecutive comeback win. His performance, while at times rocky, was enough to make him the youngest player to secure Super Bowl MVP honors, and Kansas City also became the first team in NFL history to manage three consecutive comeback victories in the postseason. Mahomes made poor throws on both of his interceptions, each coming on a pass attempt to Tyreek Hill. The 24-year-old ultimately made up for his mistakes when it mattered most, however, leading a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives that culminated in one- and five-yard touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams, respectively, allowing the Chiefs to overcome a 10-point deficit. The fantastic finish was a fitting cap on another spectacular campaign for the 2018 NFL MVP, one during which he threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns across 14 games. A record-breaking extension is naturally on the horizon for Mahomes, who's slated to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2020.
Mahomes completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 294 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Titans. He also carried eight times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the 35-24 win.
Analysis: Although the Tennessee defense had been rolling, it was no mach for Mahomes, who averaged a healthy 8.4 yards per attempt while completing 66 percent of his passes. He connected with Tyreek Hill for two touchdowns and added a spectacular 27-yard rushing score before capping his day off with a 60-yard strike to Sammy Watkins in the fourth quarter. Mahomes has been outstanding in two playoff games this postseason, accounting for nine total touchdowns, zero turnovers and 106 rushing yards, in addition to plenty of passing yards. Both his potential Super Bowl opponents boast strong defenses, but he seems more than capable of producing regardless of who lines up across from him.
Mahomes completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 321 yards and five touchdowns, while also picking up 53 rushing yards on seven carries during Sunday's 51-31 AFC divisional playoff win against Houston.
Analysis: The reigning MVP orchestrated a trademark comeback effort after Kansas City fell into a 24-0 hole, joining Washington's Doug Williams as the only quarterbacks in postseason history with four TD passes in a single quarter, as the Chiefs rattled off 28 second-quarter points and a total of 41 unanswered points Sunday. With the convincing come-from-behind victory, Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to win by 20-plus points after trailing by at least 20 in a playoff game, while Mahomes established postseason career bests in both passing yards and TDs. He owns an impressive 31:5 TD:INT on the season and is throwing for more than 290 passing yards per game, heading into an AFC Championship Game matchup against a Tennessee defense that has forced three interceptions and allowed just one TD throw thus far in the playoffs.
Mahomes completed 16 of 25 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 31-21 win over the Chargers. He added 21 yards on seven carries.
Analysis: With the Chiefs scoring on a kick return and a long run, there was a diminished number of opportunities for Mahomes to make plays down field. In fact, the Chiefs were trailing toward the end of the first half when Mahomes tied up the score with a 24-yard dart to Demarcus Robinson. With a win and New England's loss, the Chiefs own the AFC No. 2 seed. They will play either the Patriots, Texans, or Bills. Mahomes completed 60% of his passes in two games against the Patriots and Texans this season with 556 passing yards, four touchdowns and two picks. One thing to look for heading into the playoffs is Mahomes' touchdown rate. Mahomes accounted for 2.25 touchdown throws per game in his first eight starts. That's down to 1.3 in his last six starts, though he has run for two touchdowns during that span.
Mahomes completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 251 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing twice for 14 yards and another score in Sunday's 26-3 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Mahomes turned in a strong fantasy line in large part to his three combined touchdowns as opposed to the usual large volume of passing yards. This was a result of a clear short-pass gameplan to neutralize Chicago's ferocious pass-rush defense. Mahomes did most of his damage on short and intermediate passes, only attempting one pass of more than 20 air yards over the entire contest (and it was not completed). It was the first time the star quarterback did not complete a pass over 20 yards in his young, spectacular career. Mahomes should be suiting up for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers with the ability to earn a first-round bye still up for grabs.
Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passes for 340 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 23-3 win over Denver. He added 11 yards on three carries.
Analysis: Sunday's conditions were wet and sloppy as snow moved through Arrowhead Stadium throughout the game. Coupled with a dinged-up hand, Mahomes could have been excused if he put together a clunker against the Broncos, but he put aside any such notions early with a 41-yard dart for a touchdown to Tyreek Hill to cap the Chiefs' opening drive. The junior passer routinely bought time during the game and found his weapons over the middle. He actually put together his second-best completion percentage of the season despite the muck. Next up is a Bears defense that entered the week eighth-best in the league in opponent passer rating at 86.1.
Mahomes (hand) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: With the swelling in Mahomes' hand having settled down, the star QB took his normal allotment of practice reps Wednesday and is thus set to suit up Sunday against the Broncos.
Mahomes indicated Wednesday that his hand is feeling better and the swelling in it is reduced, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Mahomes also noted that the plan is for him to see a normal workload at practice Wednesday, but we'll have to see if that translates into an official limited or full practice participation listing upon the release of the Chiefs' first Week 15 injury report. Either way, the QB's status for Sunday's game against the Broncos doesn't appear to be in danger.
Coach Andy Reid relayed Monday that Mahomes' hand is okay, noting that "it's bruised up pretty good but there's no break," BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Reid added that the Chiefs' play-calling (including more run plays and shallow crossing routes) in the second half of Sunday's win over the Patriots was altered due to Mahomes' hand issue. On the plus side, both Nate Taylor of The Athletic and Adam Teicher of ESPN.com indicate that Mahomes is on track to play in Week 15 versus the Broncos.
Mahomes will undergo testing Monday after he injured his right hand in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs are optimistic Mahomes will be ready for Week 15 against Denver, with initial X-rays Sunday evening believed to have come back negative. He played the entirety of Sunday's game, completing 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The Chiefs have a lot to play for even after clinching the AFC West, as they're just one game behind New England for the No. 2 seed (and now own the tiebreaker).
Mahomes completed 26 of 40 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: For the third straight game, the normally prolific Mahomes was able to throw only one TD, but he appeared to injure his throwing hand on the Chiefs' first drive Sunday and seemed reluctant to attack downfield afterwards. The quarterback was sent for X-rays after the game, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, but coach Andy Reid downplayed the issue. "We think it's OK," Reid said. With the team still fighting for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it would likely take a fairly serious injury to keep Mahomes on the sidelines when the Chiefs host the Broncos in Week 15.
Mahomes completed 15 of 29 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown while adding 25 yards and a TD on three carries in Sunday's 40-9 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: On a windy day at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs did most of their damage on the ground with three rushing touchdowns, including Mahomes' 13-yard scamper. The quarterback has now shockingly failed to top 200 passing yards in three of his last four games, although there were extenuating circumstances for each poor performance, and they are sandwiched around a 446-yard, three-TD eruption against the Titans. Mahomes may not be able to afford another quiet outing in Week 14's road clash with the Patriots.
Mahomes completed 19 of 32 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Chargers. He also rushed five times for 59 yards.
Analysis: Mahomes had a pretty tame performance by his otherworldly standards, with his mere 63 first-half passing yards marking a career low. He was also picked off prior to halftime, now giving him two interceptions on the season. Fortunately, he responded in the second half with a 23-yard touchdown to Travis Kelce, and his output on the ground actually marked his personal best to date. Although he's clearly over his recent knee injury, Mahomes saw top wideout Tyreek Hill exit early with a hamstring issue, so he may be down a dynamic weapon again when he looks to bounce back in Week 12 versus the Raiders.
Mahomes (kneecap) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Mahomes was as productive as ever after returning from a two-game absence due to a dislocated right kneecap in last weekend's 35-32 loss to the Titans, completing 36 of 50 attempts for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Perhaps most encouragingly, Mahomes told Adam Teicher of ESPN.com that he felt great physically coming out of the contest, a sentiment supported by the quarterback's ability to take every rep during the first practice of Week 11. With the injury behind him, Mahomes will look to improve his case for repeating as NFL MVP and aim to keep the Chiefs atop the AFC West standings when he takes on the Chargers on Monday night in Mexico City.
Mahomes (kneecap) could be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks, but the Chiefs will seek a second opinion on the injury before establishing a formal timeline for the quarterback's return, a source tells Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star.
Analysis: In the wake of Mahomes' initial MRI revealing that he suffered a dislocated right kneecap in Thursday's win over the Broncos, varying reports have surfaced regarding a projected recovery timetable. While Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that the reigning MVP would be out for as few as three games, the Associated Press suggested Mahomes could be out for 4-to-6 weeks. Mellinger's report puts Mahomes' timeline somewhere between the two extremes, leaving the possibility open that the signal-caller may be ready to go as soon as Nov. 18 against the Chargers in Mexico City. The Chiefs are unlikely to offer more clarity on Mahomes' situation until the results of the second opinion are made available.
Coach Andy Reid relayed Friday that the Chiefs are still gathering information pertaining the Mahomes' knee injury, BJ Kissel of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: We'll await further information from the team, but it's been suggested by both Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that a three-week absence is a best case scenario for the QB's return to action. For now, Matt Moore is the Chiefs' top healthy signal-caller, though Reid did mention the possibility of promoting Kyle Shurmur from the team's practice squad. Meanwhile, Chad Henne (ankle) isn't eligible to return from IR until after Week 8.
An MRI on Mahomes' knee has confirmed that he suffered a dislocated kneecap Thursday, but avoided "significant additional damage," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Analysis: Per the report, the star QB will seek added opinions to be sure, but the plan is for Mahomes "to return this season after a brief absence." We'll await official word from the team, but it looks like the Chiefs will need to rely on Matt Moore for next next few weeks, while Mahomes is on the mend.
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