Current starter Alex Smith is clearly on notice now, but the Chiefs have made Mahomes earn his spot on the depth chart.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will get a chance to work with the second team in practice this week, according to Chiefs beat reporter BJ Kissel.
Mahomes finished the game 7-of-9 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown with a quarterback rating of 126.4.
Bray meanwhile completed 5 of 8 passes for 63 yards and an interception for a passer rating of 47.4. He had a gorgeous 83-yard touchdown heave to Chris Conley overturned by an offensive pass interference penalty. Mahomes offers more upside, and it's become clear Kansas City cannot move to the next level as a championship contender with the adequate but not outstanding Smith playing quarterback.
"It's being able to get in and function in the huddle, still seeing the defenses and the reads, knowing the calls that he needs to make to get [out] of trouble in both the run and pass games", Reid said.
Reid did not commit to whether the Mahomes' promotion to the No. 2 quarterback role was a planned move, or even a permanent one for that matter.
"We've got a few words that we've got on these routes", Reid said. And really, we saw that even when we brought him in for that predraft test. "He handles that pretty well". The Chiefs will break camp Wednesday.
"It will be the same way we did it", said Reid, while explaining that any first-string action Mahomes gets due to the move will be because of a long-established rotation he uses.
"We're throwing a lot at the guy and it's fun to see him grow", he said. Reid said Mahomes proved he can function effectively on the field while still learning the ropes. But Patrick has also done a nice job.
When asked directly if this situation was similar to his past backup flips, Reid cautioned against comparing the two situations. "He's doing just fine and I'm sure he's going to be just as good as everyone expects him to be". "It's just what I want to do today".
Reid said Mahomes picked up the offense's language very quickly.
"I can't tell you about the game", Reid said. The Chiefs hit the road to face Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Saturday. "Don't know that yet".