After winning the MVP in 2018-19 by throwing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first year as a starter, the 23-year-old and his laser arm continue to improve with regards to the nuances of the position, more specifically his footwork.
I asked Patrick Mahomes what he's focused on this summer. "My footwork-- I make a lot of off-scheduled plays, scrambling around & throwing the ball, but there's so many little plays that I'll miss, 'cause my feet aren't in the right position & I rely too much on my arm. #Chiefs— Dianna (@diannaESPN) June 14, 2019
While he's became a superstar on the back of his all-time arm and no-look passes, his ability to scramble and make plays out of structure is equalled only by a select few. If he can become a better pocket passer, records are about to fall this year in Kansas City.
Keep in mind that we're talking about a player in Mahomes, already favored to win the 2019-20 MVP, who led the league in passer rating from the pocket. If he manages to improve on that, Peyton Manning's 5,476 yards and 55 touchdowns could fall in the near future.
4 guys and they’re all just maybes. Rodgers, Russ, Brady, Brees. Best thing about Mahomes is that he had both the best clean pocket passer rating in over a decade and around double the amount of great throws under pressure as anyone else, he’s truly otherworldly. pic.twitter.com/RkEoXOVzIs— Sam (@WichitaChiefSam) June 7, 2019
Even without Kareem Hunt, Chris Conley and (potentially) Tyreek Hill this year, prepare for Mahomes and the Chiefs to light up scoreboards all over the NFL.