Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes reveals hidden benefit of trading Tyreek Hill
The Kansas City Chiefs have consistently become one of the best offenses in the NFL over the past few years. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been the focal point of that, but he’s had elite weapons around him as well. One of those elite weapons is now gone, as Tyreek Hill was traded to the Dolphins earlier in the offseason.
While there will be an adjustment period for the Chiefs, Mahomes sees positive coming from the situation as well. The offense will now be able to spread the wealth a bit more rather than just focusing on their two main weapons, Hill and Travis Kelce. While Kelce remains in Kansas City, the options behind him have gotten better depth-wise.
The first day of OTAs, JuJu [Smith-Schuster] had a big day – he got a lot of big catches down the sideline. And then the second day, Marquez [Valdes-Scantling] had a big day. I think that’s what you’re going to see from this offense this year, is it’s going to be everybody. It’s not going to be one guy. And obviously, Travis is still going to get a lot of completions, a lot of yards. But I think the whole receiving room is going to have big days.
Former Steeler JuJu Smith-Schuster is the biggest name, as he’ll bring a tough-nosed presence to the receiving corps. Stylistically, Smith-Schuster brings something to the Chiefs that haven’t had in the past. They’ve typically opted for speedsters at the WR position and while he has some speed, he’s much more than that.
Speaking of speed, the Chiefs were also able to sign Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the offseason, whom Mahomes also mentioned. Then, they rounded things out by selecting Skyy Moore in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 54th overall selection, Moore brings speed and hands to a suddenly completely different WR room in Kansas City.
With those wideouts in addition to Kelce, the Chiefs should have no problem contending for a Super Bowl once again in 2023. As Mahomes mentioned, it’ll just look different this time around without Tyreek Hill. Teams won’t be able to game plan around just two guys anymore, and offensive guru Andy Reid will love that.