Sunday will mark the first start for Mahomes since last November when he led Texas Tech against Baylor in his final collegiate game.
Patrick Mahomes will make his first National Football League start for the Chiefs, who have clinched the AFC West. Mahomes was the No. 10 pick in the draft, and the Chiefs gave up their 2017 first- and third-round selections and a 2018 first-round pick in a trade with the Bills to move up 17 spots and select him - ahead of promising Texans rookie Deshaun Watson.
The AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs are making a change at quarterback.
Which might explain why Andy Reid and company have chose to give starting quarterback Alex Smith a break and start rookie Patrick Mahomes instead. The Chiefs traded up on draft day this year to nab Mahomes with the 10th overall pick, and the Texas Tech product is considered Kansas City's quarterback of the future, although he has not taken a snap yet this season. "He will learn from it", Reid said of Mahomes starting.
Alex Smith will be the backup quarterback for the game. He's not expecting to put up those numbers against a strong Broncos defense on Sunday. He also made a number of dazzling plays. As such, they are taking this opportunity to give Mahomes his first career start.