On-the-job training for Mahomes

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:24 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Patrick Mahomes II.

After being taken as the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft, he spent some time in the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, got to rub shoulders with KC Hall of Famers, survived a random robbery and witnessed his longtime girlfriend sign a pro soccer contract. After spending time in Missouri, Mahomes has been working out in the Tyler area and getting ready for the next round of OTAs (Organized Team Activities) May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 6-9. Then there’s the mandatory minicamp June 13-15. That doesn’t include training camp, which is scheduled to begin in mid-July at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, which is north of KC. The NFL is truly a year-round job.

“The fan base is incredible,” Mahomes said of the Chiefs. “They are passionate for football. They recognize you everywhere. It was just like I was in Tyler. Everybody loves football and they love the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m just excited to be a part of that.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who knows a thing or two about QBs, was so impressed with Mahomes he traded up 17 spots to grab the former Whitehouse High School and Texas Tech quarterback in the draft.

After minicamp, Reid said at his news conference, “I know the question is going to be about the quarterback. We saw him come in and improve every day that he was here with his verbiage and his footwork. “Does he have a ways to go? Absolutely. But the nice thing about him is that we found out that he likes to work and that’s the big thing.”

What pleased Reid was Mahomes’ inquisitive nature. “He had great questions,” Reid said. “He studies hard. If he doesn’t know it, he’s going to ask you and then he’s going to go do it. He doesn’t make the same mistake over and over. That’s a plus.”

That’s not a surprise for folks who have known Mahomes. Reid loves his strong arm, which is a plus in the AFC West, especially at windy Arrowhead Stadium and in mile-high Denver. Mahomes loves the coaching from the staff.

“With Coach Reid, (offensive coordinator Matt) Nagy and all of the offensive coaches on that staff, they’re so detailed oriented everything has to be perfect,” Mahomes said. “They have really helped me out, I’ve tried to be perfect on every single drop (back). … Everything you do you try to be perfect. It is going to help me a ton as you go through the process.”

Mahomes broke away from his workouts to celebrate his girlfriend Brittany Matthews signing with an Iceland soccer team on Monday at UT Tyler. “This is a huge opportunity for her - to get to go across the world to follow her dreams,” Mahomes said. “It is an awesome experience. I’m excited for her to get started. “I knew she was good (back in high school), but I had no idea she would be going to Iceland to play professional soccer. … We work out together so I know she has put in all the work to reach this level.”

Thankfully, Mahomes and his friends are safe after a scary situation on Friday. After attending the UT Tyler baseball game with East Texas Baptist, Mahomes and his friends drove to one of the friend’s houses where they were accosted and robbed. “I can’t really get into the details,” Mahomes said. “I’m just glad me and my friends are safe and the cops got the suspects.”

Mahomes is happy for his girlfriend and he’s ready to get back to work. The two are very competitive, so now they will try to see who gets to start first on their new teams.