Chiefs Will Start QB Patrick Mahomes On Sunday

Aug 31 2017 Kansas City MO USA Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium

Andy Reid announced on Wednesday that the team will roll with their rookie quarterback in Week 17. In his stead, rookie top-10 pick Patrick Mahomes will receive the first start of his career.

Veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who started the team's first 15 games this season, will work with the scout team this week while Mahomes gets the first-team reps in practice.

Reid said he's not anxious about the move to play Mahomes in the finale rankling Smith heading into the postseason. After all, the Chiefs traded up in the 1st round to draft him. "We'll see. We'll see about what coach does with the time and all of that". Mahomes is known as a gunslinger and it's likely that Matt Nagy, the team's offensive coordinator and playcaller, will give him a chance to show off his arm against a challenging secondary employed by the Broncos-one that includes Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. But it was a move Reid was willing to make with an eye on the future, when the 33-year-old Smith will either be too expensive - his contract is astronomical next season - or too old to effectively play the position.

He added, "Fortunately, we have a quarterback who understands it (Smith)". "Whatever it takes to get a win is the biggest thing".

Despite a lack of playing time this season, Mahomes says that he's become a better player while serving in a backup role. "But, I've said this all along, he's a pretty natural player".

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