Broncos rookie CB Patrick Surtain II draws high praise from Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Surtain has continued to shine in his rookie campaign. He is just coming off of the two-interception performance against quarterback Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, which included a timely 70-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter that sealed the win for Denver.
Overall, the former Alabama Crimson Tide star has posted a stout 60.1 passer rating allowed while in coverage so far this year, which is the best mark among defensive backs on the team.
Mahomes will face Surtain in Week 13 for the first of what may be a multitude of career encounters. As he touched on during a press conference ahead of the contest, the Broncos sure do have one unique defensive back to build around.
“First off, he’s physically – I mean he has all the talent you could possibly want,” Mahomes said. “He’s tall, he’s fast, he’s big, he’s physical and then you can tell his dad was a player. You tell those guys that they’re smart, they understand the game, even for a rookie, he has a veteran mindset.
“He understands what they’re trying to do as a defense. He’s someone you definitely have to know where he’s at every single play and he’s getting better and better each and every week.”
Both teams come into this matchup with much on the line, as the Chiefs are riding a four-game winning streak, while the Broncos could possibly climb to the top spot in the AFC West standings after Week 13.
Surtain sure will look to post a keen performance in the first Sunday Night Football game of his career.