The primary goal for most NFL teams is to get through the preseason without injury.
Fans should not expect to see many of the key starters in the exhibition matches this week. Patrick Mahomes will be playing in Saturday’s preseason opener.
According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Andy Reid, the head coach, said that his star quarterback would play one quarter against Chicago Bears. After hearing Mahomes talk about his hopes for the tune up game, he might reconsider.
“I like to get in there and get hit one time,” Mahomes said, per Teicher. “Once you get hit one time and kind of see what it is to get hit again as a quarterback, you’re kind of good to go.”
Patrick Mahomes on what he wants to get out of Saturday's game against the Bears: "I like to get in there and get hit one time. Once you get hit one time and kind of see what it is to get hit again as a quarterback, you’re kind of good to go.''
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 11, 2022
Reid and almost everyone in the organization probably don’t agree. Mahomes will use his offensive line to make sure he doesn’t get what he wants.
Mahomes participated in all three preseason games last season, and he might do so again this month. He’ll be trying to establish a rapport early with a new-look receiving team that includes Skyy Moore, Marquez Valdes Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Kansas City is obviously more concerned with keeping Mahomes in good health before the season begins on the road against Arizona Cardinals.